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 with           
    48 hours notice. Or they will stamp a bank 
    statement you've printed.

    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 with            
    48 hours notice. Or they will 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 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 but it will take 4
    working days. Natwest will stamp
    your printed online statements.