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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.

Opening a UK Bank Account

Digital Banks

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.

Digital banks are good for day to day payments and funds from international bank accounts.

Some of the main digital-only services are outlined below:


Local Banks

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.

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 Records Department:

Request a Letter

Please see below for the details of local banks within close proximity of the University:

Save the Student
Budgeting and Banking

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.

Click here for more information

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International Student Scams
How can I protect myself from fraudulent scams?

Please see the below guidance which provides information on fraud and scams aimed at international students:

UKCISA - Frauds & Scams
GOV.UK - Fraud, Tricks & Scams

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