Manila is the capital city of the Philippines, and has been nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ due to its central location on Pacific trade routes.\r\n\r\nFounded in 1571 by Spanish colonialists, the city has a large number of significant cultural and architectural landmarks, including the historic walled city of Intramuros, which was the seat of government during Spanish colonial rule in the 16th\u0026nbsp;century.\r\n\r\nOther popular sites include Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world; the historic Manila Cathedral; and Rizal Park, an important site in the country’s history, which features gardens, monuments, artworks and an open-air auditorium that puts on free music, theatre and dance performances.\r\n\r\nThe city is home to a large number of museums, including the National Museum of Fine Arts, as well as a host of beautiful architecture reflecting a mixture of American, Spanish, Chinese, and Malaysian influences.\r\n\r\nThis city is considered one of the best shopping destinations in Asia, with major shopping malls and bazaars. International students will also enjoy exploring Manila’s popular hidden bars, modern galleries, lively indie music scene, and a range of delicious street food.\r\n\r\nManila is the Philippines’ educational centre, with a high concentration of universities found in the unofficial ‘University Belt’ district, all within walking distance of each other. This includes the oldest university in both the country and Asia – the\u0026nbsp;University of Santo Tomas, which was founded in 1611. The language of instruction at most universities is English.\r\n\r\nManila ranks within the top 30 cities for affordability in the QS Best Student Cities 2023, with an ideal combination of low tuition fees and living costs.\r\n\r\nAre you studying in Manila? Tell us what you think.\r\n\r\nBest universities in Manila: QS Best Student Cities ranking: =111th\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of the Philippines\u0026nbsp;(=412th);\u0026nbsp;Ateneo de Manila University\u0026nbsp;(651-700);\u0026nbsp;De La Salle University\u0026nbsp;(801-1000);\u0026nbsp;University of Santo Tomas\u0026nbsp;(801-1000)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nMore about Manila\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tNumber of universities ranked by QS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t4\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tHighest-ranked institution\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of the Philippines\u0026nbsp;(=412th)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tPopulation\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t13,923,000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAverage international fees (at ranked unis)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS$3,500\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tDesirability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t119th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tEmployer Activity rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t80th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAffordability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t25th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent Mix\u0026nbsp;rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t131st\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent Voice\u0026nbsp;rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t95th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nTo find out how each of the above categories is calculated,\u0026nbsp;view the methodology.