If you already have an international bank then check if they have the facility to set up a UK bank account for you, before you move, as this is the most convenient option.
If this is not the case, you will need to be prepared. Usually it is just a matter of taking the right forms of identification, making an appointment and choosing an account. However, opening a bank account without any proof of address in the UK can be quite difficult; also some banks may require you to deposit a start-up amount.
You will need to open an account before you can receive pay from the University.
The UK has many different banks offering a multitude of financial services. Most banks are free, although fee-paying accounts with additional benefits are available. The Money Advice Service can help you choose the right account.
Bank charges do vary between providers. When selecting a bank it is useful to consider the following:
All the major UK banks have branches in Leeds City Centre. It is sensible to shop around and look for services and deals that are suited to your needs.
There are three top UK banks on campus and the staff here will be happy to help you open a bank account:
The documents you are likely to need to open an account are:
You will need to fill in an application form and you may have to pay a deposit into the account.
Opening an account without any proof of address in the UK can be quite difficult. However, some banks offer services which make the process easier. One such service is the HSBC Passport Account which only requires some form of identification and proof of a non-UK address.
Opening hours are decided by individual banks; however, generally they are open:
Cash machines (ATMs) are open 24 hours a day.
When you open a bank account you will receive a debit card with which you can withdraw money from a cash machine owned by your bank or other banks.
There are several cash machines located on or close to the University campus. These are located at:
Our interactive campus map will help you locate these.