Opening a bank account

What bank should I choose?


There are a number of considerations you should bear in mind when deciding which bank you should open an account with.

  • Think carefully, ask friends and speak with different banks.
  • Make sure you ask about bank charges
  • Request monthly postal bank statements (student visa extension)
  • It may take up to approximately 2 weeks to open an account
  • Keep it safe – don’t carry lots of cash on you!

The bank needs your:


  • Full name / date of birth / nationality
  • UK residential address
  • Home address and country of residence

You will need to take:


  • Your passport (original, not photocopy)
  • Evidence of student status (Confirmation of enrolment letter)
  • Your original unconditional offer letter/ letter of acceptance offer
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