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Open a Bank Account

Open a Bank Account

Students who wish to open a UK bank account may need a letter of introduction from the University to give to the bank when they apply to open an account. Normally only international students will need this letter, if you are a UK student a certificate of registration which you can produce from the S3P student portal will normally be sufficient to prove your status as a student. 

If you require a bank letter, you can obtain this from the Student Services helpdesk on level 2 King’s Gate. A University campus map is available hereIf you are not able to call onto campus, please submit your request to

If you are struggling to book an in-person appointment with a bank, you may be able to find an online appointment at an earlier date. Alternatively, you could join an online bank.

Some examples of banks include:

  • Santander
  • HSBC
  • Lloyds
  • TSB
  • Barclays
  • Nationwide
  • Revolut (online bank)
  • Starling (online bank)
  • Monzo (online bank)