College towns in the Philippines

Luckily for students, there are tons of picturesque college towns in the Philippines. These college towns are often located in the provinces, serving as solace for students who simply want to get away from the bustling city. College towns also have their own distinct culture that serves the student population. Expect hip coffee shops, libraries, and museums to surround these educational institutions. Real estate is also booming in these areas, especially for those who are venturing into the rental business.

Want to know which locations in the Philippines are perfect for investing in real estate catering to students? We collected a list of the best college towns in the country and why you should invest in them.

Quezon City

Quezon City is home to three of the best schools in the country: University of the Philippines Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, and Miriam College.The Katipunan area is filled with 24/7 coffee shops and restaurants perfect for those sudden midnight cravings or a quick group study. The famous Maginhawa Street is filled with millennial hang outs such as bookshops, barbecue places, and thrift stores. There are also bars that feature local indie acts and college bands. It’s the perfect college town for the hip and young.

Baguio City

If you’re looking for a laid back place to study, then Baguio City is the place. The best universities in the north are all located in Baguio City: the University of the Philippines Baguio, University of the Cordilleras, University of Baguio, Philippine Military Academy, and Saint Louis University. Baguio’s cold weather matched with the laid back atmosphere and stunning mountain backdrop are the reasons why students from all over the country move to Baguio to study.

Los Baños

Los Baños, Laguna is home to the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), a university that’s known for top-notch agricultural research. Aside from UPLB, Los Baños is also home to the International Rice Research and the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity. These institutions are perfect for those who are looking for a career in research and agriculture. The quiet and peaceful Los Baños and the tranquil farms attract many students and faculty to study and work there.

Cebu City

The Queen City of the South is not only a place for commerce and industry. It’s also home to the major schools in Central Visayas including the University of the Philippines Cebu, University of San Carlos, and Cebu Doctors’ University. The growing economy in Cebu is also the perfect place to begin a career for fresh graduates.


Cavite’s university city also has a plethora of great schools: the De La Salle University Dasmariñas, Philippine Christian University, and Technological University of the Philippines. Dasma is known for its accessibility – it’s near Metro Manila, Tagaytay, and other municipalities in the south.