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Student Money Advice Service

Service Our Student Money Advisers are here to help you with budget planning and money management. If you have any financial worries while you are studying with us you can drop in to see them. Please find more information on our website. You can also find useful information on the Money Advisers’ Moodle pages.

Can I open a bank account?

It is generally possible for International Students to open a bank account in the UK, although there are some restrictions (e.g. minimum length of stay is 6 months). Opening and running a bank account in the UK can be free of charge, as long as you do not get into debt. Some banks offer International Students accounts, for which there is a monthly charge – ask before you apply.

For more information about how to open an account, please speak to a member of staff at International Student Advisory Service, in Student Support and Wellbeing (

How to apply for a bank account:

You will first need to register onto your course. You will do this at the beginning of your course most likely during the induction week/day.  Once you have registered and chosen which bank you would like to use, you need to fill in our bank account request form (visit International Student Advisory Service Moodle pages). You can expect to receive a “Letter of Introduction” within 2 working days. 

You will receive an email to confirm when your letter is ready for collection from the Support and Information Zone.  In addition to the ‘letter of introduction’ you will also need to take your passport, details of any sponsorship (if applicable) and details of your employer, if you are working.

Visit UKCISA website for more information on opening a bank account in the UK.