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Opening a bank account

Please be aware that it is important to open an account as soon as possible after arriving, as it can take up to three weeks to complete the process. As well as keeping your money safe, an account will also prove useful when it comes to paying rent and securing property.

As you cannot open a bank account until you have enrolled on your course at the University, you should make sure that you bring enough British currency and traveller’s cheques to last for the first two to three weeks. It is also useful to bring credit and debit cards. Do not carry large amounts of cash around or keep large amounts of cash in your accommodation.

In order to open a bank account you will need a bank letter from the University following enrolment on your course.

Where can I get a letter for the bank to prove I am a student?

The Student Hub
Room: RM050
Tel: 023 8201 5200
Email: student.hub@solent.ac.uk

There are various types of accounts available to international students. Most have no monthly charges but some offer you additional benefit for a monthly charge. We would recommend you find out about different accounts on offer at a number of banks before settling with one.

Important note!

When opening an account, make sure you have monthly paper statements sent to your address rather than online statements as these will be required if you need to extend your visa.

Page last updated on Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 3.41pm.

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