Money and Banks

  • You can only open a bank account once you are in the UK and have enrolled on your course. Most international students (from both the EU and from outside the UK) can open a basic account. Talk to your own bank before you leave home, as they may have a special arrangement with a UK bank.  

    SANTANDER BANK
    Oxford Brookes University, Colonnade Building, Headington Campus
    Santander will be on campus to help you decide between their accounts.

    Essentials Account

    Requirements

    Visa Applications 

    - Monthly fee - £1
    - Visa debit card 
    - Free receipt of online international transfers

    - Tier 4 students need valid passport and visa
    - EU students need passport or ID card
    - Brookes attendance certificate with local address
    - Students on short courses can open accounts

    - Santander can write a letter or print and stamp
    paper bank statement with branch logo in bank
    as long as they have 48 hours notice 

    Basic Bank Account

    Requirements

    Visa Applications 

    - No monthly fee 
    - Bank card for withdrawing cash
    - Top up debit card (to make transactions you need to pre load the card)
    - Free receipt of online international transfers  

    - Tier 4 students need valid passport and visa
    - EU students need passport or ID card
    - Brookes attendance certificate with local address
    - Students on short courses can open an account 

    - Santander can write a letter or print and stamp 
    paper bank statement with branch logo in bank 
    as long as they have 48 hours notice 

    BARCLAYS BANK

    105 London Road, Headington

    Student Additions Account

    Requirements

    Visa Applications 

    - No monthly fee   
    - Visa debit card 
    - Fee for most international transfers  

     You will need to complete an online application form before
    making an appointment to complete the application form

    - Tier 4 students need valid passport and visa
    - EU students need passport or ID card 
    - Brookes attendance certificate with local address 
    - Course must be 6 months or more

    - Barclays can stamp statements from self-service
    machine. Ask in branch if full account number
    is needed

    LLOYDS BANK

    87 London Road, Headington

    Classic Current Account

    Requirements

    Visa Applications 

    - No monthly fee
    - Visa debit card
    - Fee for most international transfers 
    - Printed statements posted every 3 months

    - Tier 4 students need valid passport and visa 
    - EU students need passport or ID card
    - Brookes attendance certificate with local address  
    - Course must be 6 months or more 

    -Lloyds can stamp statements already printed from
    internet in branch

    HSBC
    108 London Road, Headington

    Basic Bank Account

    Requirements

    Visa Applications 

    - No monthly fee 
    - Visa debit card
    - Fee for most international transfers
    - Printed statements posted every 3 months

    - Tier 4 students need valid passport and visa
    - EU students need passport or ID card
    - Brookes attendance certificate with local address 
    - Course must be 6 months or more

    - HSBC can print statements in branch but
    must ask for paper with bank logo

    NATWEST BANK
    91 London Road, Headington

    International Student Account

    Requirements

    Visa Applications 

    - No monthly fee
    - Visa debit card
    - Fee for most international transfers
    - Printed statements posted every 3 months
    - You will receive a free National Express Youth Card

    - Tier 4 students need valid passport and visa
    - EU students need passport or ID card
    - Brookes attendance certificate with local address  
    - Course must be 6 months or more 

    - Natwest can request a printed
    bank statement but it will take 4
    working days.