Opening a bank account

Last modified: 07 February 2020

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. See the British Bankers' Association information - 'International students: Opening a UK bank account'.

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

You can also 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