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Opening a UK bank account

Please scroll down for further information on how to open a UK bank account if you are an international student.

Please note, the University cannot recommend which account you should open. Instead we have collated the information below to help you make the choice of the best account for your needs.


Before you arrive in the UK
Do you need a UK bank account? Things to do before leaving home
Keeping your money safe
Avoid carrying or storing large amounts of cash in your first weeks
Digital or international banking solutions
Alternatives to cash for your first weeks in the UK
Choosing the right bank account for you
Useful factors to consider
UK banks in the local area
Includes links to local banks
Documents needed
Typical documents for a UK bank account
Banking vocabulary explained
Jargon buster tool
Managing your money
Plan your budget
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