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Q&A: How much are student accommodations near colleges and universities in Metro Manila?

by Jillian CariolaPublished: May 2, 2017Updated: May 2, 2017

Prices of student housing near colleges and universities vary, ensuring that renters will different budgets will have several options.

Price of student condos, apartments, and dorms close to Metro Manila colleges and universities MyProperty Philippines

Q: How much are student accommodations near colleges and universities in Metro Manila?

A: With the new school year about to start, college and university students are weighing their options when it comes to where they should stay until graduation. The cost of tuition, as well as miscellaneous fees, might be too much for some that they are willing to stay at home and endure traffic just to get to school on time. But for those who live too far from their chosen school, renting student housing—dorms, apartments, condos, etc.—is their only option.

Since it is a well-known fact that housing in Metro Manila can be costly, it is essential that students select the most financially reasonable residential set-up. Let us look at’s listings of accommodations near the country’s most prominent colleges and universities for examples.


Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Loyola Heights is an upper middle class residential area in Quezon City where one would find himself close to two of the country’s top schools, University of the Philippines Diliman  and Ateneo de Manila University, as well as other institutions like Miriam College and the Center for Culinary Arts Manila (CCA Manila). Along Katipunan Avenue, where Ateneo and Miriam are located, are several restaurants and cafés where students can hang out, including those located at the UP Town Center.

Condo rental rates are relatively higher in Loyola Heights due the community’s affluence and high demand from mostly student tenants. For instance, renting this semi-furnished 24sqm one-bedroom unit costs Php13,000 per month, while this fully furnished 29.2sqm two-bedroom unit costs Php16,000 a month. In SMDC’s student-friendly development Blue Residences, renting a fully furnished studio unit can go for up to Php20,000 a month.

Bed spaces and dorm-style accommodations are relatively more affordable,as they require several students to share sleeping quarters. In the Katipunan area, rental rates range from Php5,500 to Php8,500 depending on what amenities are made available to the occupant.

A luxury student dorm called My Place, for instance, costs Php7,500 a month per renter. For this amount, each student gets a loft bed above their very own personal work station inside a good-for-six 23 sqm unit with a kitchen plus the use of the building’s facilities. Meanwhile, leasing a bed space in this more modest men-only dorm room also for six costs Php5,500 per head. Inside the unit are two triple-decker beds, and a shared kitchen and use of the building’s amenities. Meanwhile, in this three-bedroom unit, each occupant of a shared room is charged Php8,500 a month, although entire rooms can also be rented by a single occupant for Php17,000.


Sampaloc, Manila

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) is perhaps the best known educational institution in Sampaloc due to it being one of “Top Four Universities” in the Philippines. However, a portion of Sampaloc also lies within the  “University Belt,” where colleges and universities such as Far Eastern University, National University, the University of the East, San Beda College, Centro Escolar University and San Sebastian College Recoletos are located.

Sampaloc is best suited to students, especially those who come from the provinces, because of its extensive transportation network. Aside from the buses passing through España Boulevard, it has a few provincial bus stations like Florida Bus, Victory Liner, Fariñas Transit and Maria De Leon Trans. In addition, the Philippine National Railways has two stations in Sampaloc: Laong Laan (Dapitan) and España. LRT-1 Blumentritt Station and LRT-2 Legarda are also located within Sampaloc.

Like Loyola Heights, condos in Sampaloc, especially near the University Belt area, are of high demand among university and college students, making them more pricey. At Vista Residences’ Crown Towers, this one-bedroom, 21 sqm unit costs Php20,000 a month to rent. A slightly more affordable option is this 25 sqm studio unit priced at Php12,500 a month.

At a lower cost are the dorms and rooms in Sampaloc, such as this female bed space in a that can be rented for Php2,500 per month. Meanwhile, this 15 sqm unit for four occupants is available for Php11,000 a month. For students looking for housing more suited for their lifestyle, there is the dorm Forbes Hall, where a “student pod” (a loft bed with a desk and closet) in a shared 15.2 sqm unit costs Php4,650 each.


Malate, Manila

Malate can be considered as another “University Belt,”, as well-known colleges and universities such as  De La Salle University, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Philippine Women’s University, Philippine Christian University, Saint Scholastica’s College and Saint Paul University Manila are located within the district. Along with numerous student-friendly hangouts, places of interest that are also located there include Harrison Plaza, Manila Zoo, Malate Church, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Ospital ng Maynila and Raja Sulayman Park.

Bed spaces can be rented for as low as Php4,000 per month, such as this female-only bed space in a good-for-four unit in a building within walking distance from DLSU. In this shared male-only unit in New San Jose Builders Inc.’ Victoria De Manila, each bed is offered at a monthly rate of Php4,800.

For those wanting to rent alone, Eton’s One Archer’s Place, which is also minutes away from DLSU, has this one-bedroom, 30 sqm condo unit that costs Php25,000 a month. Alternately, two people can split a monthly fee of Php14,000 to share this two-bedroom, 45 sqm condo, which is near St. Scholastica’s College.

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