Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

Setting up International Student Bank Account Watch

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Hi all,

    Hoping this is the right place on the forum!

    I'm an international student starting a graduate course in the UK in a few months. To receive the funds from my scholarship I need a UK bank account. However, all the banks are super serious about me providing "proof of UK address". But I simply cannot do that. I've looked through the documents that I can use, e.g. utility bill or a UK credit card statement. But I have none of them. I sent an email to Barclays (btw: anyone have any advices on what the best bank for (international) students is?) about this. All I got back was a link to a page of the documents I can use as proof ... In other words, not much help.

    Any other international students having had the same issues?
    I did talk to the uni and they said they could provide me with a letter saying I'm expected to live in their accommodation, but not an actual proof of residence. That is only possible when I am actually living there ... but to do that I need to have a bank account so I can pay my fees before term starts ... Fantastic ...

    Would appreciate some input on this if anyone has had similar experiences/troubles.

    (Also, apologies if this is the wrong place for this kind of question).
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    Can you not pay the initial fee from your current bank account and then open one when you get there?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Tian1Sky)
    Can you not pay the initial fee from your current bank account and then open one when you get there?
    Sadly not. My current bank account is Norwegian, and the scholarship is payed out in pounds so they require me to have a UK account. I tried asking if they simply couldn't just pay it to the Norwegian bank, but for different reasons (e.g. loss due to currency conversion) they do not want to.
    And unfortunately I do not currently have sufficient funds on my Norwegian account to pay all tuition fees before I get the scholarship money.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hello! Couldn't you maybe open a GBP foreign currency account at your current Norwegian bank? That way there wouldn't be any conversion fees so the scholarship could be sent there as well. That is what I did (I'm from Hungary), I just went to the nearest branch of my bank here in Hungary and they could open a GBP account for me free of charge.
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Have you ever participated in a Secret Santa?
    Useful resources
    How much money do you spend a week?The ultimate guide to tax!Guide to student bank accounts

    Sponsored features:

    Web Legend

    Win a Macbook Air!

    Blog about setting up a website for a chance to win in our Web Legend competition.

    Quick link:

    Unanswered money and finance threads

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.