Opening a UK Bank Account

If you wish to open a bank account in your country which you can use in the UK, look for a bank with global connections. Your bank may be able to forward your application to their branches in Hull or Scarborough. Your bank can write you a letter of introduction, which makes it much easier for you to open an account after you arrive in the UK. Information about opening and running a bank account in the UK is available upon arrival at the University.

To open an account in the UK you will normally need to provide proof of the following:Bank cards

  • Your identity – this will usually be your passport
  • Your permanent residential address in your home country – this could be on your offer letter (please note that PO Box addresses will not be accepted)
  • Your address in Hull or Scarborough – this could be a copy of your accommodation contract

Opening a bank account in the UK may take some time, so it is important that you bring enough money to cover your first few weeks.

We recommend you bring around £300. For security reasons, do not bring a large amount of cash with you.

You will not be able to open a bank account if you are studying for six months or less in the UK. It may, therefore, be advisable to check how much your bank at home will charge you to withdraw money in the UK.

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