Student life

Being a student in Orkney is a rewarding and fulfilling experience.  Studying in Orkney allows you to submerge yourself in stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, nature and wildlife, world renowned archaeology and heritage, with a warm and welcoming community at the heart.

Students socialising

The main college campus and the Institute for Northern Studies are both located in Kirkwall, the largest town on the Islands.  Kirkwall offers all the amenities you’ll need, with shops and supermarkets, cafés, bars and restaurants, library and museum, and a sports and leisure complex containing swimming pool and cinema.

Our Maritime department is located in Stromness, Orkney’s main seaport and historic maritime centre.  Again, you’ll find a range of amenities, including a swimming pool, library and museum.

Within the community, you’ll find a wide range of clubs and societies with most interests being catered for whether it be sport, arts and crafts, or nature and wildlife.  Annual festivals and events from Music to Science to Storytelling engage the community and bring in visitors from all-over the world.

So if you’re looking for a student experience with a difference, where you can embrace island life and culture, Orkney College UHI could be the place for you.

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