Please note that Registry will issue bank letters on request once you have fully registered on your programme, but not before. You will be able to request a bank letter from 10:00 on Thursday 26th September 2019 in the Welcome Zone. You are advised to make sure you have an alternative means of accessing cash for at least the first month of your stay in the UK.

Please note that as a rule, students who are not UK residents will usually only be eligible to open an 'International Student Bank Account' (rather than a 'Student Bank Account') or a 'basic bank account'. You may need to go to a branch in person to show certain documents, as listed below.

Banks in the UK will normally require certain documentation in order to open an account:

  • Personal identification (usually passport) plus valid Student Visa if applicable
  • Letter issued by the School stating you are registered (it is worth checking with the bank beforehand exactly what the letter needs to include)
  • Proof of a UK address* (e.g. a letter from the landlord, a gas/electricity bill, or a letter from your “home” bank sent to your UK address) 
  • Proof of your home address*. If you have them, it is advisable to bring a couple of recent bank statements or utility bills (gas/water/electricity), showing your home address, to the UK for this purpose.

*Some banks will accept the bank letter issued by Registry confirming your term-time and permanent addresses as proof of address.

The School does not have a relationship with any particular bank; we recommend therefore that you choose the bank which best suits your needs. Each bank will offer different types of accounts with their own features, so it's important that you do your own research. Once you have decided on a bank, you will need to request a letter from Registry confirming your student status.

We recommend that you try to open your account at a branch near the School, as they will be used to dealing with students. All the banks listed below have branches on Tottenham Court Road and other locations near the School.


15-17 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 1BH


39 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 2AR
1 Woburn Place, Russell Square, London WC1H 0LQ

Lloyds (International students may be eligible for a Classic Account)

88 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TH


227 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7QF


45 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 2EA

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

High Holborn, London WC1V 6PQ


164-167 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7JE


Helpful resources

UKCISA – the UK Council for International Student Affairs has provided guidance notes on opening and running a bank account in the UK.

The British Bankers' Association produces a leaflet for international students with guidance on opening and running a bank account in the UK. 


If you experience any difficulty opening a bank account, please contact