Contact your bank in your home country as it may have agreements with a UK bank, which may help you to open an account more swiftly when you arrive. If possible, bring bank statements for the last three months from your home country, and this will help with setting up your new account.
It is important to remember that opening a student bank account in the UK can take up to six weeks. So bring some UK currency with you to see you through this time. We suggest that you:
For detailed information on opening a bank account in the UK, visit the UK CISA’s website:
There are a number of banks and building societies that try to attract students. Take the time to visit a few (many students find that the banks in the Putney area are the most convenient) or check various bank websites to get information on opening a basic student account before deciding which one is best for you. Well-known national banks and building societies that have branches in the local area include: Barclays, Lloyds TSB, HSBC, Nationwide and Halifax.
To open a bank account in the UK you will need to show the bank the following documents along with the bank’s application form (which you can get from the bank or from its website):