Step 2- What do I need to take to open a bank account?
Common requirement to open a bank account:
- Be over 18
- Have a UK residential address
- Have a valid Passport with visa (BRP)
- A letter of introduction for UK banking facilities from the university/ college/school (this must include your name, course details,
dates, name, contact number, UK home address, and home country address)
Bank Letter: You can print the bank letter very easily from your self-service RISIS portal (instructions here).
During Welcome Week you can use the computers in the Palmer building or the Library to log into the RISIS Web Portal, download
and print out the letter. When printing the letter, you will need to select the bank with whom you want to open the account from the list.
This is important because the bank will only accept the letter if it is addressed to them. If the bank you are opening with is not on the list, please visit the Student Service Reception in Carrington Building where they can write you a letter for your chosen bank. Every bank has different requirements, offers, and fees. It is best to do some research first.
Below are some accounts that banks have suggested for international students, followed by what documents are needed.
To open most banks account, you can go directly to the branch to see if they are able to open an account for you on that day if they are unable to do so they will book you in for an appointment. With some an account, you may be able to complete an online application and then go to the branch to verify your account.