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