Opening a bank account

Last modified: 30 August 2023

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.

Types of account 

Changing your address or other personal details 

Proving your identity and immigration status