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

    116 London Road, Headington

    Santander can help you decide between these two accounts:

    Essentials Account

    Requirements to open account

    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 also open accounts

    Santander can write a letter with 48 hours notice or stamp a bank 
    statement you've printed.

    Basic Bank Account

    Requirements to open account

    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 also open an account

    Santander can write a letter with 48 hours notice or stamp a bank  
    statement you've printed.

    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 length must be 9 months or more

    Statements from self-service
    machine will be printed with digital stamp.

    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
      or print statements from online
    • Tier 4 students need valid passport and visa
    • EU students need passport or ID card
    • Brookes attendance certificate with local address 
    • Tax identification number may be needed
    • Course must be 6 months or more

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

    Natwest Bank

    91 London Road, Headington

    International Student Account

    Requirements

    Visa applications

    • £10 monthly fee
    • Visa debit card
    • Fee for most international transfers
    • Printed statements posted once a month
    • 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, which will take 4
    working days to arrive or transaction 

    history can be printed in branch. Natwest will stamp
    your printed online statements.