25th May 2016

International Students

Our new leaflet, telling international students everything they need to know about opening and using a bank account in the UK.

Coming to school, college or university in the UK can be a daunting experience, especially for those arriving on these shores for the first time. In order to help international students get set up with one of the fundamental things they need – a UK bank account – we have published a guide explaining exactly what to do.

Answering everything from ‘How do I choose which bank is best for me?’ and ‘What is the best way to bring money with me into the UK?’ to ‘Can I open an account based on Sharia principles?’, the BBA’s International Students: Opening a UK Bank Account guide gives all the information that students need. It also includes a useful table, outlining all the suitable accounts available and their features.

Please Note:

  • The UK Home Office sets strict financial requirements for visa applications, in order to apply for a Tier 4 visa you must have enough money to pay for your course fees and support yourself whilst studying in the UK.  The money that you need will depend on the length of course and where you will study it.  Tier 4 students are required to have held a certain level of funds for 28 days.  Home Office information about Tier 4 (General) visa extensions can be accessed here.
  • It’s important to check what this means for your own visa application.  The UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students, UKCISA, offers guidance here. Specific information about evidencing your financial position can be found here:
  • If you require further support, you may well find that your institution has student advisers who can check your visa application and supporting documents before you submit it to the Home Office.

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