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When you arrive in the UK to study with us, you should open a UK bank account for managing your money.

Banks in the UK

  • There are a variety of banks operating in the UK, most of them offering special accounts for students.
  • There is a bank in the Portland Building on our University Park Campus, as well as other banks in the local area and Nottingham city cenetre.
  • Banks provide you with a debit card and online banking services, so you may not need to visit your bank in person very often after opening an account.
  • Cash machines (ATMs) can be found on our campuses, at banks, supermarkets, shopping centres and in many places in the city centre.
  • ATMs will accept cards from any UK bank and are usually free to use for cash withdrawals. If you are withdrawing from an overseas account or from a credit card, you may get an extra charge for this.

Banking information for new 2018 students

Banking and Finance

For further information on banking in the UK, please see the  British Bankers' Association guide for international students.


Opening a bank account

  • Banks require proof of your student status to open a student account, which usually means (depending on the bank's policy) that you must complete university registration before you can open an account. Make sure you bring enough money with you when coming to the UK to cover your expenses until then.
  • You will have an opportunity to open an account with selected banks during the International Welcome Programme or the first week of term in September when bank staff will be on campus to guide you and Student Services can confirm your student details.
  • At other times of year, or if you wish to use a different bank, you can contact the bank directly to make an appointment or an online application for an account.
  • Student Services can produce a letter for banks confirming your student details. Please make sure all your details are up to date in your portal and then use our online form to request this letter.
  • Prepare any other documents required by your bank, such as photo ID (ideally your passport), your student visa or BRP (if you have one), and proof of address. Most banks will accept our bank letters as proof of address as well as student status.

New international students in September 2018

If you would like to set up a bank account during our International Welcome Programme or Week One, we will have representatives from two banks – HSBC and Santander – present on campus in our Teaching & Learning Building (near the Hallward Library).

Please see below for dates, times and required documents for opening an account with these banks. If you wish to open an account with any other bank, please see above for guidance on requesting a bank letter from the University.

HSBC and Santander bank account sessions


Come to Floor E, Teaching & Learning Building, from 9am to 4pm on the following dates:

  • Friday 21 September
  • Monday 24 September
  • Tuesday 25 September

HSBC will accept an electronic version of your bank letter which we will be able to produce for you after you have completed registration. To request an electronic bank letter please visit our Bank Letter Team situated on E Floor of the Teaching & Learning Building. You will then be able to visit the HSBC stand to open your student bank account.

To set up an account with HSBC at this event you will need to bring the following:

  • Your electronic bank letter
  • Your University Card
  • Passport and visa (or BRP card)
  • Your own digital device to set up your account


Come to Floor E, Teaching & Learning Building, from 9am to 4pm on the following dates:

  • Friday 21 September
  • Monday 24 to Friday 28 September

If you would like to set up a bank account with Santander, you can do this as soon as you have collected your University Card. A bank letter is not required for this bank.

To set up an account with Santander please bring with you the following:


Further information

Managing your money – our guide for international students Further guidance and support on money matters

International Student Recruitment

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

+44 (0) 115 951 5247
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