Students who live close enough to their college or university have it easy; they can get to their classes early, go out with friends for coffee after school, and come home in time for dinner. Those who live a bit far? Not so much—hence the birth of dormitories, boarding houses, bed spaces, and room rentals. But for those looking for a living space that not only serves as a home away from home but one that’s also investment-worthy, a condo unit is a smart alternative.
These days, condos are being built close to pretty much everything, even academic institutions, so it’s not hard to find one that’s practically a stone’s throw away from the front gate of your school. In fact, they’re so accessible to various malls, hospitals, stores, banks, and restaurants that they’re even attractive to young professionals, newlyweds, and starter families. And with price tags that are more than reasonable, it’s no wonder more parents are opting to buy a unit for their college-bound kid than have them rent in a dorm. Another perk of owning a condo that’s so conveniently located? It won’t be hard to find a tenant should you choose to move out after graduation.
Here are 10 Metro Manila condos where you can rent a unit to always make it to school in time, or buy one as your gateway to independent living.
Developer: DMCI Homes
Location: 1211 EDSA, Balintawak, Quezon City
DMCI Homes’ Zinnia Towers is a resort-themed community built in a 1.9-hectare community in Muñoz, Quezon City. This DMCI development is composed of two high-rise buildings: the 39-level North Tower and the 41-level South Tower. Units range from studios for independent students and young professionals; to three-bedroom units for small families. For those who enjoy lounging outdoors, 70% of Zinnia towers is dedicated to open space and amenities, which include swimming pools, a sky park/roof deck, a tree court, and landscaped atriums. Studio units measure 25 sqm and start at Php1.7 million.
Perfect for: Students of Caloocan colleges and universities, such as Manila Central University (9–16 minutes via EDSA) and the University of the East–Caloocan (8–12 minutes via A. Bonifacio Avenue and EDSA)
Nearby points of interest: SM North EDSA, TriNoMa, Muñoz public market, Lung Center of the Philippines
DMCI Homes' Zinnia Towers in Balintawak, Quezon City (Photo via the DMCI official website)
The Residences at Commonwealth by Century
Developer: Century Properties
Location: Don Antonio Drive, Brgy. Batasan Hills, Quezon City
The Residences at Commonwealth by Century Properties is composed of eight towers, the highest one topping off at 22 levels, while the lowest rises to 11 floors. Designed for sustainability, its so-called “cranked” design is said to optimize sunlight and air circulation, and various gardens are found on the grounds and in balconies. Learning is treasured here, with amenities such as a study and library, arts and crafts studio, School of Rock, and cooking studio. Studio units range from 20.70 to 22.20 sqm and start at Php1.6 million.
Perfect for: Students of Diliman colleges and universities, such as the University of the Philippines Diliman (12 minutes via Commonwealth Ave.) and New Era University (12 minutes via Commonwealth Ave.)
Nearby points of interest: Ever Gotesco Mall, Iglesia Ni Cristo church, General Malvar Hospital, Shopwise
Century Properties' The Residences at Commonwealth in Diliman, Quezon City (Photo via the The Residences at Commonwealth official website)
Location: Katipunan Ave. corner Aurora Blvd., Quezon City
Rising from a 4,235-sqm property along Katipunan in Quezon City, SMDC’s Blue Residences is a 40-story residential tower that houses over 1,500 studio and one-bedroom units. Taking a break from midterm cramming is easy with amenities such as a student lounge, roof deck lounge, amenity lounge, and swimming pool. If that’s not enough, residents also get to enjoy the relaxing views of the Quezon City, Ortigas, and Antipolo skylines. Studio units are 26.3 sqm in size and are sold starting at Php2.2 million.
Perfect for: Students in Loyola Heights colleges and universities, such as Ateneo De Manila University (10–18 minutes via Katipunan Ave.) and Miriam College (10–16 minutes via Katipunan Ave.)
Nearby points of interest: Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Victory Katipunan, UP Town Center
SMDC's Blue Residences in Loyola Heights, Quezon City (Photo via the SMDC official website)
Location: Aurora Blvd., Quezon City
A single-tower project rising 42 stories, Princeton Residences is a project by SMDC that aims to accommodate various types of residents by providing studio spaces, as well as one- and two-bedroom units. Ensuring that students have the ideal live-work-play lifestyle balance, the condo offers amenities like a swimming pool with a poolside cabana, a student lounge, Wi-Fi access in common areas, and a commercial area. A studio unit measuring 23 sqm sells for at least Php2.3 million.
Perfect for: Students in New Manila colleges and universities, such as St. Paul University (7–12 minutes via Aurora), Trinity University of Asia (8–12 minutes via Victoria Ave.), St. Joseph’s College of QC (6–9 minutes via Broadway Ave.), and Kalayaan College (6–9 minutes via 3rd St. and Aurora Blvd.)
Nearby points of interest: De Los Santos General Hospital, Robinsons Magnolia, Gilmore LRT Station
SMDC's Princeton Residences along Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City (Photo via the SMDC official website)
Crown Tower University Belt
Developer: Vista Residences
Location: G. Tolentino St., Sampaloc, Manila
An ideal home for the busy student, the single-building Crown Tower University Belt by Vista Residences rises 25 floors and offers 692 studio, one-bedroom, and tandem units to meet the space requirements of any resident. The development also helps instill independence by providing features every college or university student needs, such as an Internet café, a laundromat, and a Wi-Fi library. A studio unit that measures 21.27 sqm can go for as low as Php1.9 million.
Perfect for: Students in University Belt colleges and universities, such as University of Santo Tomas (10–14 minutes via España Blvd.), University of the East (10 minutes via Loyola St.), Far Eastern University (6–8 minutes via Loyota St. and Recto Ave.), San Beda College (8–10 minutes via Loyola St., Recto Ave., and Mendiola St.), and Centro Escolar University (7–9 minutes via Loyota St. and Recto Ave.)
Nearby points of interest: UST Hospital, SM City San Lazaro, Tutuban Center
Vista Residences' Crown Tower University Belt in Sampaloc, Manila (Photo via the Vista Residences official website)
One Archers Place
Developer: Eton Properties
Location: 2311 Taft Ave. corner Castro St., Manila
One Archers Place by Eton Properties is a two-tower, 31-story development designed to help students live comfortably, study, and relax. Truly a student-friendly development, One Archers Place offers residents amenities that are essential to convenient and independent living. Located at the West Tower, the iPlace provides residents with high-speed Internet capability and provision for Wi-Fi, and also offers units that come with certain furnishings like a TV, microwave oven, and iPod dock. Other amenities include fitness center, landscaped courtyard, retail shops, and restaurants. A one-bedroom unit measuring 22.4 sqm can be purchased for a minimum of Php2.3 million.
Perfect for: Students in Taft Avenue colleges and universities, such as De La Salle University (8–12 minutes via Adriatico St. and Taft Ave.), University of the Philippines Manila (8–14 minutes via Adriatico St. and Taft Ave.), Philippine Women’s University (8–12 minutes via Adriatico St. and Taft Ave.), Adamson University (8–14 minutes via San Marcelino St.), and Philippine Christian University (4–7 minutes via Taft Ave.)
Nearby points of interest: SM Hypermart, Harrison Plaza, Ospital ng Maynila, Taft Avenue LRT Station
Eton Properties' One Archers Place along Taft Avenue, Manila (Photos via the Eton Properties official website)
Avida Towers Intima
Developer: Avida Land
Location: President Quirino Ave. Extn. corner Zulueta St., Paco, Manila
Avida Land’s student-friendly residential offering comes in the form of Avida Towers Intima, a 29-floor, single-tower development containing 747 units. Its location in the Paco District of Manila is said to allow residents to experience modern living in an exclusive community, and also makes it ideal not just for students but also for starter families. To ensure the safety and comfort of all residents, facilities include stand-by power, water tanks, a fire alarm system with sprinklers, and a CCTV camera at the lobby. A 22-sqm unit carries a price tag of about Php1.7 million.
Perfect for: Students in Intramuros colleges and universities, such as Colegio de San Juan de Letran (12 minutes via Padre Burgos Ave.), Mapua Institute of Technology (12 minutes via Padre Burgos Ave.), Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (12 minutes via R-9), and Lyceum of the Philippines University (12 minutes via Padre Burgos Ave.)
Nearby points of interest: PNR Paco Station, Unilever Philippines, Robinsons Otis, Paco Park
Avida Land's Avida Towers Intima in Paco, Manila (Photo via the Avida Land official website)
Developer: Suntrust Properties
Location: Natividad Lopez St., Ermita, Manila
A development that exudes a resort lifestyle, Suntrust Properties’ Suntrust Solana is designed to allow residents to enjoy vacation-inspired amenities while staying right within Metro Manila. Solana is not just a place to come home to after school or work; the development offers amenities that ensure a holistic lifestyle for residents, too. Lounge areas and swimming pools encourage interaction, the fitness gym and jogging path urges residents to stay healthy, and the sky garden is an inviting place for some relaxing alone time. A unit measuring 24.4 sqm sells for around Php2.1 million.
Perfect for: Students in colleges and universities near Quiapo, such as Philippine College of Criminology (7 minutes via Natividad Lopez St. and R-9), National Teachers College (5–8 minutes via C-1), Technological Institute of the Philippines (6–8 minutes via C-1), Centro Escolar University – School of Dentistry (7–9 minutes via C-1), and San Sebastian College–Recoletos (8–10 minutes via R-8)
Nearby points of interest: Intramuros, Manila City Hall, SM City Manila, Rizal Park
Suntrust Properties' Suntrust Solana in Ermita, Manila (Photo via the Suntrust Properties official website)
The Sapphire Bloc
Developer: Robinsons Residences
Location: Sapphire Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Developed by Robinsons Residences, The Sapphire Bloc is a four-tower complex that mixes retail with its residential component to create the right balance of live and play. Rising in the middle of Ortigas Center, the project keeps most major establishments within walking distance, ideal for those looking for nearby R & R centers after school or work hours. Within The Sapphire Bloc, though, one can already find many amenities that offer comfort and convenience like a fitness room, game room, a landscaped garden, and a retail area. A 30-sqm one-bedroom unit sells for at least Php2.9 million.
Perfect for: Students in Ortigas Center colleges and universities, such as the University of Asia and the Pacific (5–8 minutes via Emerald Ave.), Saint Pedro Poveda College (4 minutes via Sapphire Rd. and P. Poveda Rd.), St. Paul College Pasig (5–8 minutes via Meralco Ave. Flyover), and ADMU School of Medicine and Public Health (5–7 minutes via Ortigas Ave.)
Nearby points of interest: Ortigas Center CBD, SM Megamall, Metrowalk, Medical City, Ortigas MRT Station
Robinsons Residences' The Sapphire Bloc in Ortigas Center, Pasig (Photo via the Robinsons Residences official Facebook page)
San Lorenzo Place
Developer: Empire East
Location: EDSA corner Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
San Lorenzo Place by Empire East is a four-tower development rising at the corner of EDSA and Chino Roces Avenue. Because of its location along the major artery of Metro Manila, this project can be a jump-off point to most major establishments not just in Makati, but also those in neighboring cities such as Parañaque, Mandaluyong, and Taguig. San Lorenzo Place has a host of amenities that cater to buyers with a penchant for water, such as a 20-meter lap pool, a wading pool, a children’s water play area, a paved sunbathing deck, changing rooms, and an outdoor shower area. A one-bedroom unit measuring 26 to 38 sqm can sell for a minimum of Php3.2 million.
Perfect for: Students in Makati colleges and universities, such as Assumption College (9–12 minutes via EDSA and Arnaiz Avenue), Ateneo Law School (8–16 minutes via Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave. and Kalayaan Ave.), and the Asia Pacific College (12–20 minutes via the South Luzon Expressway)
Nearby points of interest: Makati CBD, Ayala Center, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati Medical Center, Magallanes MRT Station
Empire East's San Lorenzo Place in Makati (Photo via the Empire East official Facebook page)
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