Opening a bank account
We recommend having a bank account to manage your money in the UK. Especially if you are staying here longer than six months.
Many UK banks offer bank accounts for international students, but they can sometimes take a few weeks to set up. You may want to find a bank in your home country that has branches in the UK, such as HSBC or Barclays.
We’ll help you open a bank account in your first week. You’ll need this to store and access your money safely. Don’t forget to bring documents with you - usually two types of picture ID (passport and student ID card), proof of your UK mailing address and money to open the account.
Once your bank account is setup, you’ll be able to withdraw cash from 24-hour ATMs (cash machines) around campus and the city.
Some countries have strict rules about transferring money to UK bank accounts. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your government’s policies.
It’s not easy for international students to get a credit card in the UK so we recommend applying for a credit card in your home country. VISA and MasterCard are the most widely accepted.
UKCISA offer further advice on opening bank accounts in the UK.