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Home International Students When you arrive Opening a bank account

Opening a bank account

You can find information about choosing and opening a bank account in these documents:

Tips on opening a bank account

  • If you want an account based on Sharia principles, check banks' websites and publicity materials. Some mainstream banks offer accounts and services that meet these principles and there are also a few specialist banks that operate in accordance with them.
  • You might be able to prevent tax being deducted from your interest - ask your bank or building society  for form R105 when you open your bank account.
  • Once you have opened a bank account in the UK, always let your bank know in writing and as soon as possible if you change your address.
  • If you are leaving the UK for a long break, for example the summer break, let your bank know - otherwise they might treat your account as 'dormant' and close it.

Proving your identity

The Money Advice Service website gives you the identity requirements needed for basic bank accounts.  There is also  a link to Toynbee Hall's useful "ID Handbook – How to prove your identity", which has more information on the different documents you can use to prove your identity.

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