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Opening a Bank Account

The majority of international students open a UK bank account when they arrive in Bradford. There are strict regulations that the banks must adhere to when opening an account for you. The documents that the bank will need to see are:

  • Your passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (if you have a Tier 4 visa).  Please come to the International Student Information Point when you arrive, so that we can help you to collect your Biometric Residence Permit from the local Post Office.
  • ‘Letter of Introduction to UK Banking Facilities’.  You can obtain this from the Hub, on the ground floor of the Richmond Building, once you have enrolled on your course.  

We suggest that you bring some cash (around £300), or traveller’s cheques, so that you can meet your everyday expenses until your bank account becomes active. Remember also that if you are going to deposit a cheque into a UK bank account, it will take time for this to clear before you can withdraw the money (generally a minimum of 4 to 5 working days for UK cheques, and often 28 days or more if converting from another currency). If you bring any £50 notes, please check that these are the new style featuring Matthew Boulton and James Watt on the reverse of the note.  The old style notes, featuring Sir John Houblon on the reverse, cannot be spent in the UK.  

The banks nearest to the University are: Lloyds, NatWestSantander and TSB.

There is useful information on the UKCISA website.