A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a UBelt Condo to Invest in

A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a UBelt Condo to Invest in

Dormy Team

June 2, 2024

Investing in a condo to rent out is a great way to earn a steady stream of passive income and, eventually, long-term wealth. Unlike traditional real estate properties, Condos usually come with nice amenities and maintenance services, making them attractive to renters and easier to manage. Plus, with more people looking to rent in cities, it’s likely to stay rented and could increase in value over time.

University Belt, or UBelt, in particular, is a strip in the heart of Manila (namely around the districts of Quiapo, Sampaloc, and San Miguel) that is a strong hotspot for colleges in the Metro. Some big names around UBelt are the University of Santo Tomas (UST), the University of the East (UE), Far Eastern University (FEU), De La Salle University Manila (DLSU), Centro Escolar University (CEU), San Beda University (SBU), and the National University (NU). UBelt has no shortage of students looking for Dorms – the perfect place to start renting your property. This makes it a smart investment for building wealth.

That said, here’s how you get started! This is 5 things to look out for before buying a condo for business in the University Belt:

1. Location:

It’s important to choose a condo in a desirable area with high rental demand, good schools, public transportation, and amenities like shops and restaurants. Any property around the University Belt area is already highly valued as it is around the proximity of the things previously mentioned. However, you can get a step up by choosing a location nearer (walking distance) to the universities, as many students seek out dorms to stay in. Thus, a year-round, none-ending demand for your rental!

2. Maintenance Fees:

Check the monthly property association fees and what they cover. High fees can eat into your rental income and increase unnecessary expenses. It is essential to know exactly what you are paying for to maximize profits.

3. Property Condition:

It is essential to inspect the condition of the condo and the building. Have a keen eye for any needed repairs or renovations that could affect your ability to rent it out. On that same note, check if the property has the structural integrity to be worth renovating. This is important to avoid significant costs.

4. Rental Market

Research the local rental market to understand what similar properties rent for, the vacancy rates, and the types of tenants in the area. This helps ensure you can set a competitive rental price and attract tenants. It is also important to know if you are placing your rental in an area that is already saturated with options, hence lowering the demand and chances of finding a tenant.

5. Legal Requirements:

Familiarize yourself with landlord-tenant laws and regulations to ensure compliance from both sides. This includes understanding your rights and responsibilities as a landlord. To avoid possible legal issues, it is important to familiarize yourself with the rights of your tenants.


Ultimately, investing in a condo to rent out is a smart strategy for generating steady passive income and building long-term wealth. However, before purchasing your first property, you must consider 5 things first: Location, Maintenance Fees, Property Condition, Rental Market, and Legal Requirements. This is to avoid unnecessary expenses and ensure that your property is attractive to renters.

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