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 need to be on a course at least a year long
    - Have moved to the UK within 12 months

    - Santander can write a letter or print and stamp paper
    bank statement with branch logo in bank 

    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 

    BARCLAYS BANK

    105 London Road, Headington

    International Students Bank 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 
    - Students on short courses can open an account 

    -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 day