Hi XanaXoid and thanks for your reply. I tried all the major banks for a student basic account (HSBC, Barclays, Nat West) but they wouldn't let me open an account unless I had a UK address that predated opening by at least three months (some said 3 years, others 3 months). They will open accounts for other countries of foreign residence (Spain, Germany, France for instance), but Italy seems to be a sticking point. Italy is not only the drop down list for any of the major banks. But I have taken your advice for Revolut and perhaps that might work.