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Will his Student ID be enough for Natwest?

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    My bf is changing from HSBC to Natwest (HSBC refused him for a student credit card which IMHO is ridiculous, esp. when he's never been more than £100 in his overdraft and has £2000 of savings with them). We've got an appt in branch tomorrow to open a student account there for him, will his student ID card from uni be enough proof to open the account? He's a 2nd year so doesn't have his proof of acceptance letter or anything from UCAS anymore. Or how about a student finance entitlement letter?

    Thanks for any help you can provide
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    Barclays refused to give me any student overdraft on my student account because i had some savings with them. Pathetic!
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    Oh dear....
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    Erm I dunno, I would think you'd need drivers license or passport.

    I needed student and normal ID for mine. Hope you can sort it out
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    When i tried opening an account from HSBC, i needed to get the uni to write up a letter confirming that i was a student there. I don't know if its the same at all banks, but if it is, then the student finance entitlement letter wont be enough unfortunately.

    Edit: Student ID may be enough, but it depends what sort. mine wasn't accepted as proof.
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    I just googled a bit and came across this

    Looks like you need two different pieces of ID - one photo ID (so his student ID should be fine) and a proof of address (so I guess the student finance entitlement letter would be appropriate for that, if not a bank statement or mobile bill).
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    Take as many as you can. I think they would accept a letter from the uni - like one confirming module choices etc? - so student finance should be ok, too.

    But he'll need the usual proof of address and passport as well.
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    Opening an account in a Natwest branch is harder than doing it via the internet and sending off the proof.


    However:
    Minimum ID for UK students:
    • Photo ID
    • Proof of address
    His Student ID proves student status and is valid Photo ID. He just needs proof of address
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    Sorry you have misunderstood me. I know he will need passport and driving license, we have those. And bank statement from HSBC with his address. I am just concerned about the proof of being a student bit
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    (Original post by iTalya)
    Sorry you have misunderstood me. I know he will need passport and driving license, we have those. And bank statement from HSBC with his address. I am just concerned about the proof of being a student bit
    Yeah, that's fine then.
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    I think Natwest would know. Ask them?
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    he can ask the central administration service at his uni to print and authorise a statement which says he's a student. it's usually on letter-headed paper and signed on behalf of (pp) the registrar
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    (Original post by MSB)
    I think Natwest would know. Ask them?
    Yeah obv. I will call the branch in the morning before we leave, but since they are closed now I thought I would see if anyone on TSR had opened a Natwest Student account in branch!

    Crazy me
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    (Original post by hermaphrodite)
    he can ask the central administration service at his uni to print and authorise a statement which says he's a student. it's usually on letter-headed paper and signed on behalf of (pp) the registrar
    Good idea. But it won't be registry services who do it, it'll be his academic school office. You can call Registry and they'll be able to put you through to someone however Reg will be SUPER busy when we re-open on Weds.
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    Nah not going with Natwest now, going with Halifax because they give you 25% off AA Membership and he uses his motorbike more than the train.

    Hopefully student ID will be enough for Halifax
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    (Original post by iTalya)
    My bf is changing from HSBC to Natwest (HSBC refused him for a student credit card which IMHO is ridiculous, esp. when he's never been more than £100 in his overdraft and has £2000 of savings with them).
    Just randomly: I had my student account with NatWest and they refused me for a student credit card. My local branch were somewhat mystified, so I applied again with my branch's recommendation and still got refused. So I got a student Barclaycard, and wrote in to NatWest saying "why on earth did you refuse me for a student card, when I have no credit history at all, just like 95% of students? Stupid policy. But don't worry - I've got a Barclaycard now instead." Sure enough, a week later, they sent me a credit card. :-/

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