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Opening a UK Bank account

The UK Study Pack allows you to open an international bank account BEFORE your arrival in the UK. We offer 2 different international accounts. These accounts can be held in Sterling, Euros or in US dollars. These are ‘lifetime' privileged accounts and can be serviced from anywhere in the world.

We also offer assistance with opening up a High Street bank account on your arrival in the UK. The UK Study Pack contains all the information you need to open up an account on the first day you visit the bank.
The UK Study Pack allows you to open a bank account BEFORE arrival in the UK – please call us on +44 (0) 20 3582 8994, email us at [email protected] or go to our website . Information regarding bank account options, together with the application forms and instructions on how to open the account can be downloaded after purchasing the UK Study Pack.

You can get free advice about loans, bursaries, budgeting, benefits and taxes from specially accredited student financial advisors, who are members of a body called the National Association of Student Money Advisors (NASMA) .


Be prepared

One of the key criteria for getting a student visa is showing that you have sufficient funds to pay for your tuition and to provide for yourself whilst you study. Getting a multi-currency international bank account set up prior to departure means you can readily show that you can support yourself and pay for your tuition fees. You need to have this in place 28 days before you make your visa application. It is always recommended that you discuss this with your immigration/student visa advisor.

However, different banks have different rules regarding this criterion.

We can help you with this – please call us on +44 (0) 20 3582 8994, email us at [email protected] or go to our website .

How quickly can you open a UK bank account?

Since 2001, for security reasons, it has become much more difficult to open a United Kingdom bank account. The application process requires a lot of supporting documentation and is often more complicated than you may imagine.

Strict anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist laws are in operation and make this process highly complicated. Banks will ask the source of your funds, so be prepared to explain how you or your parents have come by the money to finance your studies. The explanation can be as simple as that your Father and Mother have highly paid jobs, or that you have obtained a loan or scholarship, or received an inheritance from a relative. Accept, however, that the questions will be asked, and be prepared to prove the source of your funds with the relevant documents.

The kind of documentation that you require to open a bank account is:

  1. Proof of who you are such as your passport or driving licence, or a suitable identity document or card, as long as it is official and has a photograph of you attached. You will need a certified copy of any of these to leave with the bank.
  2. Proof of where you are or will be living (such as an original utility bill or a letter from your landlord.)
  3. Proof of acceptance at your chosen university, college or school
  4. Depending on the bank, other documentation will be needed as well – such as personal bank statements in your home country.
  5. Fully completed bank account application form.
We can help you fast track a UK Bank Account before you leave home with the UK Study Pack – please call us on +44 (0) 20 3582 8994, email us at [email protected] or go to our website

MasterCard Prepaid Debit Card

Our Study Pack gives you the convenience of a prepaid debit card, accepted wherever the MasterCard Acceptance Mark is shown, which works exactly like a credit card, but you cannot borrow money. You have to preload it with funds, and then you can spend up to that limit. The great thing about this card is that it requires no application forms or documentation, and parents can load the card with money for you by bank transfer from anywhere in the world! Please call us on +44 (0) 20 3582 8994, email us at [email protected] or go to our website .

This information is supplied by UK Work Study – specialists in helping international students come to the UK.

Contact for more details on our UK Study Pack.
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