How do I set up a bank account?
If you’ve not got a UK bank account, it’s important that you get one when you arrive.
It will save you time to look into it before you get to the UK, but there’s no need to worry if you’ve left it a little late. Each bank will have different requirements about what is needed from non-UK nationals to open a bank account.
It’s safe to say that you will need some form of identification, and proof of your residency and course here in the UK as standard. In most cases, you’ll also need a letter from us to confirm your UK address, and we’re happy to provide this for you.
They may well require more information and documentation, and may even need to arrange a meeting with you before this can be set up.
There are so many banks here in the UK, and each will have a slightly different policy.