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Short-term accommodations near review centers in Metro Manila

by Jillian CariolaPublished: March 24, 2017Updated: March 24, 2017

The financial stress of taking the bar or board exams can be lessened by choosing wisely when it comes to short-term stays.

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The Bar Examinations are said to be the toughest professional test in the Philippines. In 2015, only 26 percent of examinees passed the exam, which was relatively higher compared to the 18.82 percent passing rate in 2014. As if the difficulty of the exam is not enough, aspiring lawyers also have to deal with various other stressors related to studying for and taking it.

For years, law students from the Visayas and Mindanao area have been asking the Supreme Court (SC) to decentralize bar examinations by holding the Bar Exams not only in the National Capital Region (NCR) but in other regions as well. According to provincial candidates, traveling to and staying in Metro Manila for the Bar Exams costs up to Php200,000 for the review and the tests. Relocating also puts them under a lot of stress for being away from family for months at a time and having to adjust to a new environment, a disadvantage they believe Metro Manila Bar Exam examinees are not subject to. 

But as the SC has yet to grant the request for decentralization, the 2017 Bar Exams will be held once again at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in November. Whether you are studying for the Bar Exams or one of the licensure examinations  being administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and will be coming from other parts of the country, you will need affordable transient lodging close to review and testing centers to keep you from having to spend a lot on transportation. Here are a few short-term accommodations to consider.


Taft Avenue/Malate/Ermita
Located near De La Salle University (DLSU) and St. Scholastica College, this 22 sqm studio condo for rent can be found at The Grand Tower 2 along Pablo Ocampo Street in Malate. For your convenience, it is fully furnished with basic appliances and furniture. To help you stay healthy as you study, amenities of the condo include a gym, swimming pool and a jogging trail. It has a daily rate of Php1,500 so it would be best to share it with a fellow reviewee or two.

Ideal for female test takers is this bed space at Victoria De Manila along Taft Avenue, near Pedro Gil Street. It is fully furnished and has a common kitchen, where you can save money by cooking your own meals. It is also located close to Robinsons Place Manila, the Pedro Gil LRT station and several restaurants. A short-term stay costs Php5,200 a month.

A four-story house in San Andres, Manila is renting out unfurnished rooms to female tenants for a rate of Php5,000 per room. Each room can house two renters, but another can be added for an additional Php1,000.. Due to its location, the home is convenient for those who are studying or working in Makati or Manila. Nearby schools include Philippine Women’s University, DLSU, and Philippine Christian University. A minimum stay of six months is required for the deposit to be claimed.

Another accommodation for female renters is the Dos Hermanos Ladies Dormitory along T.M. Kalaw Street in Ermita. Boarders are charged Php2,800 a month, while transients can stay for Php350 a day per head. Rooms are equipped with study tables and amenities include a study area and internet access, making the building perfect for students and reviewees.

This dormitory unit is offering bed spaces to female occupants, who might prefer to live in Quezon City. Residents will be living in a unit that is equipped with furniture and kitchen appliances, utensils, and cookware. They will also be provided with 24-hour air conditioning and Wi-Fi. In between grueling study sessions, they can relax at the pool area or work out at the gym. Aside from being close to Ateneo de Manila and UP Diliman, it is also near malls like SM City Marikina and Riverbanks Center. Rent is Php5,500 a month with no lock-in contract.

For men looking for a temporary space in QC, One Burgundy Place is offering bed spaces with Wi-Fi and air conditioning. They will not need to worry about upkeep as daily housekeeping will be made available to them as they concentrate on their studies. These bed spaces have a daily rate of Php550 per person.

Moving to Manila with a few buddies also taking the test? You and two of your fellow examinees can rent this 110 sqm unit that is located at the corner of Prudencio and Dapitan Streets. It is semi-furnished with air conditioning, bed with foam, a closet, and a table and is within walking distance of UST. Nearby restaurants include Jollibee, McDonald’s, Chowking and Goldilocks, while SM San Lazaro is also close by. This accommodation is available for a one-year contract of Php6,999.99 a month, although transients are accepted for different rates.

Open to accommodate men and women is a dormitory in Sampaloc that is near the University Belt. A female-only unit that costs Php6,000 to Php9,000 can be occupied by two people. One female dorm can fit up to eight occupants and can be rented for Php2,500 per head, while one that is good for four renters costs Php3,500 per person. While these units will share a common bathroom, a good-for-eight unit with its own bathroom can be rented at Php3,000 per person. Studio-type units are available for men and women at rates ranging from Php10,000 to Php18,000 with no maximum number of allowed occupants. Contracts can be for either six months or one year.

Advertised as “good for reviewees,” this 20 sqm studio unit is semi-furnished with bunk beds, air conditioning, fan, refrigerator, table and chairs, and other basic pieces. A monthly rent of Php7,000 is required, with water being provided for free.

This one bedroom apartment close to University Belt is ideal for reviewees as well as students. It is fully furnished and has its own Meralco and Maynilad meters. This 35 sqm unit will be available by April and can be rented for Php9,000 a month.

In the middle of Manila is a newly-constructed building said to be ideal for reviewees and students, and is close to the University Belt and within walking distance of UST. Units are from 15 sqm to 18 sqm and furnished with bunk beds, study table, and a cabinet. Its many reviewee-friendly features include a canteen, coffee shop, study hall and free Wi-Fi. Large enough to be shared by four occupants, these units are priced from Php13,800 to Php15,500 a month.

Ideal for those taking the board exams, this transient accommodation is offering bed spaces is right in front of Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) and close to PRC testing sites. Rooms that are big enough for eight people are furnished with bunk beds and can be rented nightly for Php500 per person. A small room for two equipped with a trundle bed has a daily rate of Php550 per head. The building has its own 7-Eleven in case one needs to buy snacks while pulling all-nighters.

Bed spaces in this accommodation in Quiapo are available not only for students and reviewees but also for tourists. Fan rooms can be rented at Php300 per head per day, while beds in air conditioned units are available nightly for Php450 per person. If you are a group of four or more, you can avail of special rates.


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