Bank accounts

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

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.

Longer visa

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).

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