Cost of Living 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 and Well-being Activities

Board Games and Well-being Activities

Board Games

A selection of board games are available to sign out from the Learning Resource Centre in Fort William, Thurso and Stornoway, along with some adult colouring books and jigsaws. Contact to arrange or pop in.

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Financial Support

Financial Support

Direct support:

Other useful resources:

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Food & Groceries

Food & Groceries

College Support

Student Cubby’s & help yourself shelves containing dried foods, clothing, books, sanitary products, toiletries, and lots more available across several of our centres. Drop in or contact your local learning centre to find out more.

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.


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Waste Not Want Not & Foodbanks

Waste Not Want Not & Foodbanks

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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 support available to you.

All students have free access to 24/7 mental health 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.


Sometimes we just need to talk to someone in confidence. We are committed to listening to you and to working with you to develop constructive ways forward. Talk to someone, don't try to go it alone! Find out more about our student counselling service.

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.

Here for Caithness - Mental Health Support Group

Lochaber MindFit

Lochaber Women's Aid

Useful Links


  • 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

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