Cost of living support


Cost of living student support

With the rapid rise in cost-of-living we are doing everything we can to help support our students through this time. Please check with your local Student Support team and Centre Managers on what's available right now for you in your local college centre.

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Board Games

A selection of board games are available to sign out from the Learning resource Centre in Fort William. Contact to arrange or pop in.

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Food & Groceries

Food & Groceries

College Support

  • Free Breakfast - Available to all students across all campuses until Easter with student ID. Please see your local college centre for times and availability.
  • Food cubby at Fort William - a place to share, help yourself or donate food
  • Free trail - Quality second hand clothes. Help yourself or bring in your unwanted clothes for someone else.
  • Food bank vouchers available from learning centres
  • Free sanitary products available at all learning centres
  • Free toiletries available from all learning centres

Ask your Centre Manager or Customer Services about other food help that is available in your local community. 

Further resources

Scottish Government advice and support

Ask for Henry

Customers who ask for 'Henry' at any Morrisons café will be given a free jacket potato with beans and salad.

Soup's Up at New Connections

Free soup and a roll, tea, coffee, biscuits and a warm place to enjoy them.

Tuesdays, 12pm - 2pm | Waverly House, High Street, Fort William


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Waste Not Want Not

Waste Not Want Not

Community food fridges

Free Sanitary Products


  • Too Good To Go - An anti-food waste app that lets you buy unsold food from businesses at a discounted price.

Co-op food share

If you are part on a non-for-profit group partner with your local Co-op to recieve food that would otherwise go to waste. Learn more and apply.

Ask your Centre Manager or Customer Services about other food help that's available in your local community.

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Financial Support

Financial Support

Direct support:

Other useful resources:

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Mental Health Support

Mental Health Support

UHI offer free student counselling and access to Mental Health support. Visit UHI Essential Student Skills via Brightspace to learn more about the spport avaialble to you.

All students have free access to 24/7 mental helth support with Spectrum.Life. With a range of ways to interact from phoning, texting, Whats App, all calls are answered by clinically trained counsellors. You can talk to them about anything, including stress, anxiety, low mood, financial worries, loss and grief, relationship difficulties and substance abuse issues.

Check out the student events and news tile on Brightspace for information on wellbeing events.

See our Student Support for advice on accessing counselling services.

Local Resources

Ewen's Room offer support and advice on mental health issues to anyone living in the west highlands of Scotland, with weekly ‘Open Doors’ sessions in local villages, with tea, coffee and home baking to enjoy. These friendly get-togethers are open to anyone who is feeling anxious, lonely, depressed or just needs a chat.

Lochaber Hope provide a service that supports people in Lochaber to cope with a wide range of sensitive and personal issues including counselling, mentoring, training and employability.

Useful Links

  • offer advice on looking after your mental health when you’re worried about money.
  • Mikeysline

Please remember our learning centres are open to all students and offer a safe warm space where you can study and use IT equipment

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Student Discounts

Student Discounts

  • Highlife Highland are offering 30% student discount on individual gym and leisure memeberships to all UHI students. Sign-up for £15.96 per-month with your student email


  • Too Good To Go is an anti-food waste app that lets you buy unsold food from businesses at a discounted price
  • UNiDAYS offers students free discounts on food, fashion, fitness, technology and much more