University Belt

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Map of the original University Belt north of the Pasig River within Sampaloc, Quiapo, and San Miguel districts. Note that the southern end of Quezon Blvd. connects to Quezon Bridge, and the southern end of Legarda Street connects to P. Casal Street
Universities between the Pasig River and Padre Faura Street

The University Belt is the unofficial name of a de facto subdistrict in Manila, Philippines. It refers to the area where there is a high concentration or a cluster of colleges and universities in the city.[1]

The University Belt is commonly understood as the area, mainly, in San Miguel district. But technically it also includes nearby Sampaloc, Quiapo, and Santa Cruz. Generally, it includes the western end of España Boulevard, Nicanor B. Reyes Street (formerly Morayta Street), the eastern end of Recto Avenue (formerly Azcarraga Street), Legarda Street, Mendiola Street, and it has a population of around 368,440 students. Each of the colleges and universities found here are a short walking distance of each other.

However, Manila has also other clusters of universities and colleges, such as the one in the long stretch of Taft Avenue from Ermita through Malate, although not as compact, and another one inside the walled city of Intramuros, although it does not have as many schools as the one in the San Miguel district.

Nevertheless, the three clusters are close enough together that many consider it as one huge University Belt. All are found within no more than four miles (six kilometers), in an irregular crescent string shape, across seven of the sixteen districts of Manila.

University Belt[edit]

University belt including Taft Avenue and Intramuros

Major universities and colleges located in Sampaloc, Quiapo, Santa Cruz, Santa Mesa, and San Miguel:

School Founded Nickname
Arellano University 1938 as Arellano Law College Chiefs
Centro Escolar University 1907 as Centro Escolar de Señoritas Scorpions
Chinese General Hospital Colleges 1921
College of the Holy Spirit Manila 1965 as Holy Ghost School
De Ocampo Memorial College
Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology 1945 as Eulogio Rodriguez Vocational High School Red Fox
Far Eastern University 1919 as Far Eastern College Tamaraws
FEU–Institute of Technology 1992 as East Asia Institute of Computer Technology iTamaraws
FEATI University 1946 as Far Eastern Aeronautics School Seahawks
Guzman College of Science and Technology 1947 as Safe Driving Institute, International Automotive and Diesel Institute, Guzman Institute of Technology
La Consolacion College Manila 1902 as Colegio de Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion. Blue Royals
Manila Business College 2000
Manila Law College
Manuel L. Quezon University 1947 as Manuel L. Quezon School of Law Quezonian
Mary Chiles College
Metropolitan Hospital College of Nursing 1976 as Metropolitan Hospital College of Nursing Metropeeps
National Teachers College 1928 Light Bearers
National University 1900 as Colegio Filipino Bulldogs
Perpetual Help College of Manila 1968
Philippine College of Criminology 1954
Philippine College of Health Sciences 1993
Philippine Merchant Marine School
Philippine School of Business Administration 1963 as Philippine Accounting and Taxation Training School Jaguars
Philsin College Foundation
PMI Colleges 1948 Admirals
Polytechnic University of the Philippines 1904 as Manila Business School Mighty Maroons
Saint Jude College 1968 as St, Jude College of Nursing
Saint Rita College 1907 as Escuela de Santa Rita
San Beda University 1901 El Colegio de San Beda Red Lions
San Sebastian College–Recoletos 1941 Golden Stags
Santa Catalina College 1706 as Colegio de Santa Catalina
STI College–Recto 1983 STI Olympians
STI-NAMEI 1947 as NAMEI Polytechnic Institute
Technological Institute of the Philippines 1962 TIP Engineers
University of Manila 1913 as Instituto de Manila Hawks
Unciano Colleges 1976
University of the East 1946 as Philippine College of Commerce and Business Administration Red Warriors
University of Santo Tomas 1611 as Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario Growling Tigers

The University Belt is near the Malacañang Palace, thus, protesters would often pass by the colleges and universities on their way to Mendiola Street and the Chino Roces Bridge, a frequent venue of rallies. There are also dorms, restaurants, and cafes around the University Belt.

Taft Avenue

All institutions are located along or near Taft Avenue, stretching from Ermita to Malate, with a distance of 2.25 miles (3.60 kilometers) from Universidad de Manila in the north to De La Salle University in the south.

School Founded Nickname
Adamson University 1932 as Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry Soaring Falcons
De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde 1980 as College of Career Development Green Blazers
De La Salle University 1911 as De La Salle College Green Archers
Emilio Aguinaldo College 1957 as Marian School of Midwifery Generals
Philippine Christian University 1946 as Manila Union University Dolphins
Philippine Normal University 1901 as Philippine Normal School Torch Bearers
Philippine Women's University 1919 as Philippine Women's College Patriots
Saint Paul University Manila 1912 as St. Paul Institutions Paulinians
Santa Isabel College Manila 1632 as Colegio de Santa Isabel Isabelans
St. Scholastica's College Manila 1906 Scholastican
Technological University of the Philippines 1901 as Manila Trade School Gray Hawks
Universidad de Manila 1995 as City College of Manila Merlions
University of the Philippines Manila 1905 as Philippine Medical School Fighting Maroons


All institutions are located within the walled city of Intramuros. It also lies close in the northern tip of the Taft Ave. cluster.

School Founded Nickname
Colegio de San Juan de Letran 1620 as Colegio de Niños Huerfanos de San Juan de Letran Knights
Colegio de Santa Rosa 1750 as Beaterio y Casa de Ensenanza
Lyceum of the Philippines University 1952 Pirates
Mapúa University 1925 as Mapúa Institute of Technology Cardinals
PNTC Colleges 1994 as Philippine Nautical Training Institute Barracudas
Universidad De Manila 1995 as City College of Manila Merlions
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila 1965 as University of the City of Manila Haribons

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Contributor, Inside Manila (2018-09-26). "A Glimpse Inside Manila's University Belt". Retrieved 2020-10-20. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)

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