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Hi.
What are the best options for opening a current account for someone moving to the UK to study?
Many thanks.
You’ll need to be here to open in nearly all cases. A student account will give you benefits if applicable otherwise somewhere like Monzo or Starling will work
Original post by gandalfslipper
You’ll need to be here to open in nearly all cases. A student account will give you benefits if applicable otherwise somewhere like Monzo or Starling will work

Okay. Thanks for your help.
Original post by Robbybobby1
Hi.
What are the best options for opening a current account for someone moving to the UK to study?
Many thanks.

As the above post said, you will need to be in the UK to open an account.

A list of recommended student accounts here:

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/student-bank-account/
Original post by Robbybobby1
Hi.
What are the best options for opening a current account for someone moving to the UK to study?
Many thanks.

You can open a uk hsbc current account online from abroad, that’s what I did, hope this helps :smile:
Original post by normaw
As the above post said, you will need to be in the UK to open an account.

A list of recommended student accounts here:

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/student-bank-account/

Thanks. Most seem to require applicants to have been resident in the UK for the last three years though.
Original post by Robbybobby1
Thanks. Most seem to require applicants to have been resident in the UK for the last three years though.


International students are generally not eligible for student accounts.

But banks will normally allow you to open a standard current account. You will normally need to provide proof of identity (e.g. your passport), proof of address (e.g. a copy of your tenancy agreement), and proof of your enrollment at your university (your university should be able to provide a "bank letter" that you can give to the bank as evidence of this).
That sounds great. Yes, from the research I'd done it seemed that a student account wouldn't be an option.
I'll ask for a 'bank letter' and go from there.
Thank you very much for your help.
Original post by Robbybobby1
Thanks. Most seem to require applicants to have been resident in the UK for the last three years though.


HSBC offer an international student account. You will have to wait until you are in the UK to open it and you might be required to visit a branch with your ID documents.

https://www.hsbc.co.uk/current-accounts/products/international-student/

Once you've submitted your application we may ask you to visit one of our branches with proof of your identity and address.
Here are the documents we can accept.

Proof of identity (ID)
You'll need one of the following:
your current passport or travel document
your European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national identity card (excluding Romanian and Greek national identity cards)

Proof of address
You'll need one of the following:
council tax bill (for the current year)
utility bill (dated within the past 4 months)
a letter from your university or college confirming you've accepted a place on their course (dated in the past 3 months)

If you prefer to open an account before you arrive, there is an option with HSBC to open an overseas account if you live in any of the following countries:

Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Canada, China, Egypt, Expat offshore (Jersey), France, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA and Vietnam
Original post by normaw
HSBC offer an international student account. You will have to wait until you are in the UK to open it and you might be required to visit a branch with your ID documents.

https://www.hsbc.co.uk/current-accounts/products/international-student/

Once you've submitted your application we may ask you to visit one of our branches with proof of your identity and address.
Here are the documents we can accept.

Proof of identity (ID)
You'll need one of the following:
your current passport or travel document
your European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national identity card (excluding Romanian and Greek national identity cards)

Proof of address
You'll need one of the following:
council tax bill (for the current year)
utility bill (dated within the past 4 months)
a letter from your university or college confirming you've accepted a place on their course (dated in the past 3 months)

If you prefer to open an account before you arrive, there is an option with HSBC to open an overseas account if you live in any of the following countries:

Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Canada, China, Egypt, Expat offshore (Jersey), France, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA and Vietnam


Many thanks.

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