Social life


Clubs and societies

Go canoeing, have a shot at archery, games nights, quizzes, fair isle knitting appreciation - we don't know but you do. If you have an idea for a social activity that you'd like to organise and share with fellow students then let us know.

Contact your HISA Depute by emailing or pop along D4 and chat to a member of staff.

Group of students with kayaks

In 2017 we launched Shetland adventure days and we are looking to do much more so keep in touch with our student bulletin and MyDay to keep track on what we have planned.


Mareel is the UK's most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre, operated by Shetland Arts Development Agency.

Sited right on the edge of the North Sea on the historic Hay’s Dock quayside in Lerwick beside the Shetland Museum and Archives, Mareel offers a stunning setting for performance, production, studying or just relaxing with a coffee enjoying the view and watching the seals and seabirds bobbing just outside the windows.

Check out their What's on.

Clickimin Leisure Complex

The Clickimin Leisure Complex  holds the biggest versatile space within Shetland, catering for the isles ever growing sports calendar and also for large and small-scale concerts and cabaret events. In addition the centre can be hired for conferences, fashion and furniture shows, charity events, galas and motor shows.  They also have leisure facilities in Scalloway, Sandwick, Aith, Yell, Whalsay & Unst.  Find out more.

Festivals and events

Each year there are world famous festivals that fill the Shetland calendar.  Everything ranging from Up Helly Aa to the Folk Festival to Wool Week.  There are new events added regularly including the new Beer Festival.  Find out more. You can also keep a track on local events throughout Shetland on The Shetland Times What's On Guide.

Shetland Museum & Archives

The Museum sits on the restored historic Hay's Dock in Lerwick, providing a gateway from which to explore Shetland's rich heritage and culture.  Find out more.

Nightlife and eating out

Shetland hosts an extensive range of pubs, restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes. Many of the restaurants serve locally sourced produce, but if you want something more exotic there are also restaurants that serve Indian and Chinese cuisine. If you don’t fancy cooking, but don’t want to go out, there is also a range of takeaways serving a wide range of foods from around the world including Thai, Turkish and Italian. The local fish and chip shops are another option, which serve some of the best, freshest fish and chips you will ever eat.

Live music is regularly on in Lerwick, through the week and at the weekend in a variety of venues. Locals are given a unique opportunity to see world class musicians in intimate venues throughout Shetland, offering something to suit most tastes. If you want to move away from the lively atmosphere usually found at such events you can head to acoustic sessions which are held regularly through the week at various pubs in Lerwick. If you want to go out dancing, then you may want to head to Posers nightclub. The UK’s most northern nightclub is open every Friday and Saturday, hosting a range of DJ’s.


Lerwick’s bustling and attractive Commercial Street is the hub for shopping. Steeped in history, you can wander through the lanes and browse in the many shops, stopping for a coffee along the way. On the outskirts of town there are two well-stocked supermarkets, Tesco and Scottish Co-op.

Remember - there are several places you can use your student discount card!

Public transport

There is a regular bus service to the Gremista campus and good public transport links to the learning centres throughout the isles.

Visit the ZetTrans website for further information.