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BACK TO SCHOOL: Condos, Dorms to Rent While in College

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By Ulysses Manuel, Jekelyn Nisola

For those parents who send their college students to schools that are far from home, one perfectly smart choice is to let them live in a dorm, apartment, or condominium (condo) near their schools.

It’s important that students have a relaxed mind before every class, assuring themselves free from the hassles or dangers of long commutes, which, most of the time, are tiring and stressful. If they live near their schools, students can reach their homes earlier than usual, and save time, energy, and money. Consequently, they’ll have more time to do their homework and school projects.

To guide you through condo/dorm shopping, we’ve listed below some board and lodging suggestions where students may opt to stay while in school.

One Burgundy Plaza Condominium in Quezon City (For Rent at P5,500)

This 22-story, first-class shared condo unit, which is located at 307 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, is an ideal place for college students who study near Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

With separate male and female accommodation, the units for rent include the use of 24/7 air conditioning, swimming pool and gym, electricity for all gadgets, lighting facility, Wi-Fi, toilet and bath, purified drinking water, utensils and cookware, microwave, and refrigerator, among others (All-in, no extra charges).

Accessible via LRT Katipunan Station and public transport, this condo development is right across Ateneo de Manila University, and 10 minutes away from Miriam College, University of the Philippines (UP), Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA), International School of Culinary Arts (ISCAHM), and Center for Culinary Arts.


Mezza Residences at Santa Mesa Boulevard Manila (For Rent  at P18,000)

The Mezza Residences represents a combined luxury and convenient lifestyle yet  student-friendly! Here, 24-hour security is a priority! With the SM City Santa Mesa readily accessible from a private bridgeway, Mezza Residences gives a convenient access to Savemore supermarket and the Mezza Strip’s service shops and dining places.

Choose from one, two, or three bedroom units designed with spacious, contemporary living areas, high ceilings, and picture windows suitable for students working in groups.

Mezza Residences is near Angelicum College and the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay (UERM), and a few minutes away from the University Belt where Centro Escolar University (CEU), University of the East (UE), Far Eastern University (FEU), University of Santo Tomas (UST), San Beda College, San Sebastian College, and Central Colleges of the Philippines are located.


One Shangri-La Place Ortigas (For Rent at P48,000)

One Shangri-La Place is the newest luxury twin tower apartment located at Shang Place, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. It’s a 60-story building that embodies five-star living by masterfully blending luxury, convenience, and comfort.

Student residents are guaranteed round the clock security so they can study, work, and play without worry.

Accessible via direct access to the MRT Shaw Station, through Shangri-La Plaza Mall, the residential tower is near prestigious schools such as Saint Pedro Poveda College, University of Asia and the Pacific, Saint Paul College Pasig, Lourdes School, La Salle Greenhills, Xavier School, and Immaculate Conception Academy.


Photo: Mimi Caraig

Asia Tower in Makati City (For Rent at P50,000)

A residential condominium suited for students, Asia Tower is situated at Benavidez Street, corner Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village. Safety is also a major concern of this vertical development, which provides 24-hour security systems and modern sprinkler tubes in case of a fire. Its amenities include a swimming pool, a whirlpool, a social hall, other recreational facilities on the fifth floor, and a parking slot.

It’s near the College of Saint Benilde, Don Bosco Technical Institute, and Assumption College. It’s also a walk away from major shopping centers such as Greenbelt, Landmark, Glorietta, and SM Makati.


Cecilia Dorm in Cebu City (For Rent at P2,500)

A serviced residence and private room for rent in Cebu City, the Cecilia Dorm at Cecilia Mansions Subdivision has separate dormitories for male and female budget-conscious residents, which have free water and unlimited Wi-Fi access at an additional minimal fee of P250 per month.

It’s near the Indiana Aerospace University (IAU), an aeronautics school, and Augustine International School.


First Metro Strata in Mandaluyong City (For Rent at P17,500)

An 11-story building with spacious units at an affordable price, First Metro Strata is located at Laurel Street, corner Nueve de Pebrero Street, Mandaluyong City. Safety is also its priority: it has two service elevators, fire exits, and 24/7 security guards.

Near Jose Rizal University (JRU), First Metro Strata is also adjacent to popular malls such as SM Megamall, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, and Starmall Mandaluyong, reputable academic institutions and historical landmarks, S&R Shaw Boulevard,  and Puregold Shaw Boulevard.


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