Opening a UK bank account
To open a bank account you will need to request a letter to confirm you are a student from AskBU. Opening a UK bank account is by far the safest and most effective way of managing your money as an international student. However, the process can often be quite long and complicated so it is important that you are patient and prepared.
Covering initial costs
Opening a UK bank account can be a lengthy process. With this in mind, it is important that you bring sufficient funds to cover initial expenses for your first month in the UK. For safety reasons, it is not a good idea to bring large sums of cash, and there may be restrictions on the amount of cash you can bring with you to the UK - you can read more about these restrictions on the gov.uk website. You may want to consider alternative options such as using Travellers Cheques or pre-paid cash cards and paying tuition fees online.
Which are the main banks in the UK?
Some of the main banks in the UK are: Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, NatWest, Santander and TSB. These banks normally open accounts for international students if the appropriate documentation is provided and meets their requirements.
SUBU/BU does not endorse any particular bank
The information provided is correct to the best of our knowledge but may be subject to change. Please note account opening procedures and requirements can vary depending on the branch you visit.