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I'm a New Yorker that's poised to study at Liverpool for one year.

The banks I have near my accommodation are:

TSB Bank
NatWest
HSBC

When it comes to incoming wire transfer fees (I'd obviously prefer cheap rate), free ATM withdrawals, and no monthly maintenance fees.... which bank would be my best option?

What questions should I ask these banks, as an international student, if I inquire within?

Thanks!
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I'm also from the US, studying in London this year. I looked around for international student accounts and NatWest is looking like my best bet. Santander and Barclays also offer them, but Santander requires a £5 monthly fee and the student account page on the Barclays site wasn't very detailed. HSBC only looks like it has a basic account. £5 isn't much, but considering NatWest doesn't require a monthly fee and they don't charge you for ATM withdrawals (unless you're getting foreign cash), I'm probably going to go with them. I don't know anything about wire transfers though, sorry!
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(Original post by danyxin)
I'm also from the US, studying in London this year. I looked around for international student accounts and NatWest is looking like my best bet. Santander and Barclays also offer them, but Santander requires a £5 monthly fee and the student account page on the Barclays site wasn't very detailed. HSBC only looks like it has a basic account. £5 isn't much, but considering NatWest doesn't require a monthly fee and they don't charge you for ATM withdrawals (unless you're getting foreign cash), I'm probably going to go with them. I don't know anything about wire transfers though, sorry!
Thanks!! NatWest it is then.

One more question...what will you use for proof of address?
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Thanks!! NatWest it is then.

One more question...what will you use for proof of address?
If you look at the bottom of NatWest's international student account page, there's a list of documents that you can show as proof of address, which if you end up going with another bank, I'm sure they'll accept as well. I'm probably going to call NatWest and see if they'll accept a bank letter from my university as proof of address and enrollment.
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