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    Hi all, in a couple of weeks ill be leaving for Hong Kong as a study abroad student (for the whole academic year), and im trying to explore what form of finance to have for day-to-day living. Ill be transferring my student loan as its paid in the three installments, so what form will be best for me in terms of good exchange rates and fees when transferring GBP to HKD, and free withdrawals actually in HK?

    Most of the UK banks offer good deals, such as free withdrawals and the like, but they are premium accounts for high earners/savers. Is there anything suitable for a student, or better yet tailored specfically towards an exchange student abroad? If not, i guess the best option will be to get a local (ie in Hong Kong) HSBC bank account and debit card, and hope the charges will be relatively low if i transfer the money from my mums UK HSBC bank account.

    any thoughts much appreciated.
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    HSBC are the ones that spring to mind - maybe you could pop down your local branch in the UK and see what they have to say?
 
 
 

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