Opening bank account and St Andrews Watch

duracell
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I didn't know where to post this so have posted it both here and in the St Andrews thread.

Basically I'm trying to open a Natwest student account, but Natwest won't take my UCAS letter because it's over 12 months old (I applied for deferred entry and took a gap year) so they said I had to email St Andrews and ask for a letter confirming my student status. Which I did.
But today I get an email back from St Andrews saying new students cannot open a bank account before they arrive.

wtf?!?!

they go on to say that all this will be done in pre-sessional week and I can get more information here (which gives me a link to a page directed at international students explaining the process)

Do you think that's really true that I can't open a bank account before I get there, or have they got confused and think I'm an international student?

oh and this isn't my first bank account, I do already have a current account with lloyds.

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(Original post by duracell)
I didn't know where to post this so have posted it both here and in the St Andrews thread.

Basically I'm trying to open a Natwest student account, but Natwest won't take my UCAS letter because it's over 12 months old (I applied for deferred entry and took a gap year) so they said I had to email St Andrews and ask for a letter confirming my student status. Which I did.
But today I get an email back from St Andrews saying new students cannot open a bank account before they arrive.

wtf?!?!

they go on to say that all this will be done in pre-sessional week and I can get more information here (which gives me a link to a page directed at international students explaining the process)

Do you think that's really true that I can't open a bank account before I get there, or have they got confused and think I'm an international student?

oh and this isn't my first bank account, I do already have a current account with lloyds.

Thanks for any replies
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That sounds really weird.
Posting in the StAs subforum would be better for this sort of stuff.

If it's true that banks won't accept your year-old UCAS letter, even when you explain that you're deferred entry and that's where the extra year comes from, then I guess you will have to wait until you've matriculated/whatever to open an account.
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Write to St Andrews again (or UCAS?), and ask for confirmation of your student status. Don't give your reasons why, or if you do, just say you lost your original. It's none of St Andrew's business what you use it for, in my opinion, and I'd be pretty annoyed if I got that response from them after e-mailing them the first time.
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