University Belt

University Belt

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

The University Belt is commonly understood as the one located, mainly, in San Miguel district. But technically it also includes nearby Sampaloc, Quiapo and Santa Cruz. Generally, it includes the southern end of España Boulevard, Nicanor Reyes St. (formerly Morayta St.), the eastern end of Claro M. Recto Avenue (formerly Azcarraga), Legarda Avenue, Mendiola Street and the different side streets. Each of the colleges and universities found here are at a short walking distance of each other.

However, Manila also has other clusters of universities and colleges, such as the one found in the long stretch of Taft ave. from Ermita through Malate, although not as compact, and another one found inside the walled city of Intramuros, although not as many, as the one found at San Miguel.

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 the seven districts of Manila.

University Belt

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

* Arellano University (AU)
* Centro Escolar University (CEU)
* College of the Holy Spirit (CHS)
* Family Clinic Inc (FCI)
* Far Eastern University (FEU)
* FEATI University (FEATI)
* La Consolacion College (LCC or LaCo)
* Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU)
* National University (NU)
* Perpetual Help College of Manila (PHCR)
* Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA)
* Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Technopreneurial School (Loyola) (PUP-TS)
* San Beda College (SBC)
* San Sebastian College - Recoletos (SSC-R)
* Philippine College Of Health and Sciences (PCHS)
* Technological Institute of the Philippines - Manila (TIP)
* University of the East (UE)
* University of Manila (UM)
* University of Santo Tomas (UST)

The University Belt is near the Malacañang Palace. As a result, protesters and demonstrators would often find their way passing by the colleges and universities in the district on their way to Mendiola Street and the Chino Roces Bridge, a frequent venue of rallies.

Taft Avenue

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

*Adamson University
*De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
*De La Salle University-Manila
*Emilio Aguinaldo College
*Philippine Christian University
*Philippine Normal University-Manila
*Philippine Women's University
*St. Paul University-Manila
*St. Scholastica's College
*Santa Isabel College
*Technological University of the Philippines
*Universidad de Manila
*University of the Philippines, Manila
* Family Clinic Colleges, Manila


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

*Colegio de San Juan de Letran
*Colegio de Santa Rosa
*Lyceum of the Philippines University
*Mapúa Institute of Technology
*Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

See also

*España Avenue
*Mendiola Street

External links

* [ Philippine News - University Belt] - feature article about the district

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