Banking and finances

Opening a UK bank account

Banks in the UK have introduced regulations about opening new bank accounts. There are now security procedures in place that can lead to delays for immigrants who try to open an account on arrival.

Because it may take you some time to open an account once you arrive in the UK, it is possible to open a bank account in your home country that has a UK branch, or keep your existing account open at home until you are able to open a bank account here. This way, you will still have access to funds. You will find a large number of International banks in and around Oxford city centre.

It is useful to get a reference from your existing bank in your country (in English) or ask them to write to you at your UK address. It may also be helpful to take with you documents which show that money will be paid regularly into your account.