You can make preparations for banking before you arrive in the UK:
There are a number of considerations you should bear in mind when deciding which bank you should open an account with:
It can take time for a bank to open an account for you, so make sure you have enough money to cover your first few weeks in the UK and be patient.
Due to UK banks tight security measures, it can take about two to three weeks to open an account. While you’re waiting for your bank account to open, use a credit card or travellers’ cheques if you can, rather than cash.