Student Life


All our students have an opportunity to meet new people, learn about different cultures, improve interpersonal and employability skills and make friends for life.

Why not to become a part of the college community and interact with other fellow students and staff. The college provides a range of activities for you to get involved with as well as finding out about the ‘buddy scheme’ and volunteering.

The college provides a space were people with various interests are brought together to share their experiences and knowledge. After you have completed your course you will take away fantastic memories! There are many opportunities to get involved and become part of the college and wider community.

Being a student in Inverness offers you the best of both worlds. On the one hand, you’re right in the heart of a dynamic, bustling city and on the other, the adventure of life in the great outdoors is right on your doorstep.  It’s inviting, invigorating and inclusive – a city that grabs your attention and wants to see you involved.

At night, the city really comes into its own with nightclubs and plenty of pubs and bars in which to meet and socialise.

If the visual arts are your thing you’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s a multiplex cinema with all the latest films and if you want to see a live performance, head to The Eden Court Theatre, one of the country’s best-equipped arts centres. Here you’ll find two theatres, two cinemas, dance and drama studios, as well as galleries, exhibitions and a café.  Visit for more information.

As the Highland’s capital city, it’s a popular destination with tourists and visitors and there is plenty of opportunity to indulge in some traditional Highland hospitality. Many of the pubs feature live and traditional music, as well as ceilidhs. There are also two great festivals in the winter and summer featuring a host of local attractions and entertainment.

Beyond the city, the surrounding landscape is a natural outdoor playground. The area is spectacularly beautiful and is rich in history and culture. The landscape is vast and diverse and presents a world of contrasts with roaming hills and staggering snow peaked mountains to white sandy beaches. Adventure and outdoor sports are popular with our students with walking, mountain biking, snow sports, climbing and water sports right on your doorstep.

Enjoy your studies and make the most of the time you invest!

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Discover the local area

Discover the local area

Inverness CastleLiving in Inverness

Fresh air, an uncrowded and clean environment, healthy living, quality housing and a sense of community all make Inverness and the Highlands the place to be, so why not slow down to the less pressurised pace of Highland living.

The City of Inverness offers an unrivalled quality of life. It provides a pleasant and safe environment in which to live and a varied cultural life. We are proud that our unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country and that pollution is the lowest of any city in Britain. It is free from the congestion that troubles many cities and the standard of service is high.

We believe Inverness to be one of the cleanest and most scenic city environments to be found anywhere in Europe. Don't just take our word for it - a recent study by estate agents Savill's saw Inverness ranked 5th out of 189 British cities for its quality of life.

And it’s not all about the City - Inverness also offers easy access to the coast,
lochs, mountains and glens that help make the Highlands the most dramatic and scenic part of the United Kingdom.

Loch NessThings to do in Inverness
One of the many joys of Inverness is the rich variety of places to visit and things to do both in and around the city. The city boasts a host of historic buildings, notably in the Old Town, which you can appreciate while you browse city shops.

Take a stroll to Inverness Castle, currently used as a courthouse, and St Andrew's Cathedral, which dominate the River Ness and one of the most beautiful riverside settings in Britain. Enjoy the fine circular walk from the castle along the river and through the Ness Islands where you can watch anglers casting long lines to leaping Atlantic salmon. You can even buy a daily ticket and try it for yourself.

Above the city lies Craig Phadrig, once the stronghold of Pictish Kings, which offers interesting forest walks and magnificent views of the Moray Firth, which is home to a variety of wildlife including bottlenose dolphins.

Take in one of our many events and festivals, explore the art, history and heritage of the Highlands at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery or relax in the tropical gardens at Inverness Floral Hall. You can also take an open-topped bus ride round the city or a Cruise down the Caledonian Canal to world famous Loch Ness.

If that’s not enough there’s plenty more to see and do around Inverness.

To the south west, and just 15 minutes from the city centre lies Loch Ness, where it's compulsory to keep an eye out for our most famous resident – the Loch Ness Monster.

To the south east lie the Cairngorms – the UK’s largest National Park, famous for its wildlife and wide range of activities as well as numerous attractions for the less active.

For a bracing beach or seaside walk, the town of Nairn, famous for its golf, is within easy reach. On route, take in Fort George, Culloden Battlefield and the romantic and historic Cawdor Castle or immerse yourself in the past at the Bronze age Clava Cairns. Close to Fort George is the Highland Aviation Museum - a must for any enthusiast!

Lying to the north across the Moray Firth is the Black Isle – not really an island but a peninsula jutting into the firth. It’s a great place for spotting the Moray Firth dolphins and boasts numerous small towns including Cromarty, Fortrose and Rosemarkie, all of which are definitely worth a visit.

To the west Beauly, with its historic Priory and specialist shops, isn't far away and is the gateway to Strathglass and the glens of  Strathfarrar, Cannich and Affric, the latter described by many as the most beautiful glen in Scotland.