Can I open a bank account before I arrive in London?


Most banks allow you to apply through their website before your arrival in London. During this process, you may be asked to provide information like:

        Passport number and expiry date

        Personal details like name, date of birth and residential address

        A valid email address

        Details of your expected arrival in England

        Your student visa


Once your application has been approved, you'll be able to transfer funds into your new account - meaning you can access your own money as soon as you land in Australia!

Once you arrive, you'll still need to visit your chosen bank's branch with your passport in order to receive your linked debit card. It's essential you complete this step within six weeks of arriving in London or you'll have to provide additional identification.

If you're unable to set up your bank account before arriving in London- don't worry, you can quickly and easily do this by visiting a branch in person once you arrive.

Which banks can I choose from in England ?

There are a number of banks available in London which offer a variety of products including money transfer services, checking and savings accounts. These banks have many branches which are either near your School or your Homestay.

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