Opening a UK Bank Account
The following leaflet has been developed by the British Banking Association and is aimed at International Students.
It tells you everything that you need to know about opening a bank account in the UK.
Digital banks have become increasingly more popular with both local and international students. These banks do not have branches and are entirely ‘app-based’ but offer a range of useful services. A digital bank may help you to manage and use your money before you open a traditional bank account.
Some of the main digital-only services are outlined below:
These normally open accounts for international students if the appropriate documentation is provided and meets their requirements.
Student Banking Options
Please see below for the details of local banks within close proximity of the University:
Once you have decided which bank is right for you, you will need confirmation that you are a registered student. This letter can be requested from the Student Guidance Centre:
Due to ongoing Coronavirus restrictions there may be a delay in securing an appointment to attend the bank in person in order to verify your identity. When you are able to attend the bank please follow the social distancing measures that are in place.
Please note that Queen’s does not recommend or endorse any digital or high street banking service. It is extremely important for you to read the terms and conditions of a banking provider before you open an account. Please also note that these services may charge you for withdrawing cash, exceeding a spending limit or going overdrawn.
Banking services can be done at any post office (to avoid having to go directly to the bank) which includes money exchanges. Find out more:
For advice on budgeting and credit please contact Advice SU:
Useful Online Resources
Founded in 2007, Save the Student has become the number one student money website in the UK.
Save the Student provides free, impartial advice to students on how to make your money go further and contains some great budgeting and banking resources.
Some of the great resources contained on this site:
Please see the below guidance which provides information on fraud and scams aimed at international students:
Additional online resources relating to scams, money laundering and money mules: