The University of Santo Tomas is situated in Sampaloc, Manila of the Philippines and is one of the biggest Catholic universities in the world. It is highly religiously affiliated and serves as a prominent private Roman Catholic research university. The University has been visited by three different popes on four separate occasions, adding to its theological significance. It is the oldest existing university in Asia.
The most remarkable features of the University include its architectural smorgasbord of combined old and modern styles, highlighted by UST Main Building and the Miguel de Benavides Library. Autonomous divisions of undergraduate programs, faculties, and a concentration of colleges and postgraduate studies comprise the expansive educational network. The University contains an amazing manuscript collection as well.
The LRT routes to the Legarda station from various locations throughout the city. Outside of the Legarda Station tricycles transport visitors to the University. Jeepneys are another transit option through the LRT station. Walking is the most efficient way of getting around campus.
The University of Santo Tomas was first opened in the early 1600s and throughout the course of its long history has been compromised twice, once during the Philippine Revolution and another during the Japanese occupation, when the Sampaloc campus was utilised as an internment camp.