The content on this page is for students who started in 2018. Information for 2019 courses will be available nearer the time.
It may take some time to open a bank account in the UK.
Bring enough money (travellers' cheques, banker's draft) to last until your bank account is open.
Do not bring a lot of cash with you - there is a risk it could be lost or stolen.
There will be bank staff at registration, on the first day of your course, who can help you open a bank account.
How to get a bank account
You need a bank letter from the University to open a bank account. You can get a bank letter when you register in person at the University. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bank accounts available
Short visa (less than 6 months)
If your visa only covers your pre-sessional course you can only open an account with the following banks: Santander, Natwest or Barclays.
You must open a UK bank account as soon as you can to be ready for the visa extension process.
If you have a visa that covers your pre-sessional and main course you can choose from other banks.
Students in private rented accommodation
The University will only give a bank letter if you have a tenancy agreement (a contract between you and the person who owns the house).