A Highly Accessible Condo Community at the University Belt

In the City of Manila, there is an area that hosts the highest concentration of colleges and universities—a cluster of more than 30 academic institutions more popularly referred to as the “University Belt.” This zone is actually a convergence of portions of the districts of San Miguel, Sampaloc, Quiapo and Santa Cruz. Prior to the pandemic, the U-Belt’s population was over 360,000 students.


Some of the topnotch schools that are located at the University Belt are the Far Eastern University, University of the East, San Beda University, San Sebastian College - Recoletos de Manila, La Consolacion College and National University. The biggest campus in U-Belt in terms of land area is the University of Santo Tomas, which is also the oldest university in the Philippines and in Asia. Other schools that specialize on different fields can also be found here, such as the Philippine College of Criminology, Philippine Maritime Institute, Manila Law College, National Teachers College, Technological Institute of the Philippines, FEATI University, among others.


Various public utility jeeps and buses have routes that pass through the U-Belt area. One major mode of mass transportation that can bring students here is the LRT Line 2, where they can alight at either Legarda or Recto stations. From these train stations, most of the schools in U-Belt are already walkable. LRT-2’s link to LRT-1 and MRT-3 also adds commuting convenience to more students coming from different parts of Metro Manila.


Within U-Belt, there are countless dormitories and boarding houses occupied by students especially those who are originally from the provinces. Condominiums have also been mushrooming these past years, targeting the investors’ market, where condo units are intended to be rented out to students and academicians. But most of these living spaces are either crowded or cramped. Most rooms come in small floor areas, providing a limited space for conducive living. Just around 10 to 15 minutes away from the LRT-2 stations in U-Belt is a great alternative address for these students—the Manhattan Gardens at Araneta City.


Manhattan Gardens is a New York-inspired high-rise condominium community in the bustling Araneta City. At the 4th level of the development, you can find lush landscaped gardens and world-class recreational amenities. Walking at this level, where the residential units begin, you will experience an exclusive and relaxing ambiance that lets you forget you’re in the middle of the chaotic metro. Furthermore, the four residential blocs of Manhattan Gardens are interconnected by garden walkways and footbridges at the 4th level, with an exclusive access bridge going directly to the Gateway Mall where residents can already ride at the LRT-2.


The LRT-2 does not only link Manhattan Gardens to the University Belt in the City of Manila. In fact, there is another U-Belt-like area in Quezon City which can be reached via the LRT-2 Katipunan station. This is where the prestigious University of the Philippines Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, and other business schools, are situated.


Aside from the convenience of traveling to the University Belt coming from Manhattan Gardens, students are ensured of a well secured neighborhood within Araneta City. They can also easily acquire their daily essentials in the shopping malls, supermarkets and specialty establishments within the community. Right within Manhattan Gardens, parents would feel no worries because their children are in a safe environment with round-the-clock security.


If adults need a work-life balance, the younger ones also need such leisure and relaxation too, especially during or after stressful days filled with academic workload. Mall cinemas and entertainment venues such as the neighboring Smart Araneta Coliseum and New Frontier Theater are within easy reach. You will also never run out of recreational activities to do with your community’s wide array of amenities and facilities such as swimming pools, multi-purpose courts, jogging trails, playground, game room, fitness gym, and a lot more.


An executive studio or a one-bedroom suite will be perfect for students who will be living independently, while a two-bedroom suite is ideal for families or even a group of students who will be sharing the pad together. All residential units in the four ready-for-occupancy towers of Manhattan Heights, as well as the newer Manhattan Plaza Towers 1 and 2, come with spacious balconies that provide a majestic view of the metropolis and an extra outdoor space. The condo units themselves are spacious than typical condos or dormitories, offering student-residents a conducive home for living and even studying.


Learn more about this transit-oriented development that is highly accessible to the University Belt by calling (02) 8810-3333 or sending an email to inquiry@themanhattangardencity.com. You may also visit our showrooms and check out our model units at Gateway Mall and Ali Mall. Follow Manhattan Gardens on its official social media for more updates and latest promos.


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