Opening a bank account

Last modified: 04 November 2021

There are a number of factors you should consider when choosing, and opening, a bank account or building society account as an international student in the UK. We cannot advise you on which account, and bank / building society, you should choose.

There are also a number of UK-based consumer websites which provide recommendations about accounts offered by UK banks.

Read our blog article on Student banking in 2018, which looks at whether you really need to open a UK bank account and what is involved in doing it.

On this page we used to link to the British Bankers' Association, which has now become www.ukfinance.org.uk. A lot of the useful information we formerly linked to appears to have moved or been removed. We will update our page with further links as-and-when we spot things.  

Types of account 

Changing your address or other personal details 

Proving your identity and immigration status


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