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Opening a Bank Account

Whilst in the UK you will need to have a bank account to ensure that your money is kept safely and so that you can transfer money in and out, write cheques, pay bills by standing order or direct debit and use a cash card to buy goods or take money out from an ATM (Automated Teller Machine).

There are many banks in the UK offering varying products and services, so it is a good idea to spend some time to find the bank that will best serve your needs.

UK law requires banks to make checks on customers opening accounts to prevent fraud. In the case of international students, banks will require proof of identity, usually in the form of a signed passport, together with proof of your address in your home country and your address in the UK.

It can take up to two or three weeks to open an account if you need to obtain documents, so you should be prepared to bring travellers cheques/credit card/cash card with you to pay for things during this period. Do not bring a large amount of cash with you or keep cash in your room for security reasons.

Opening a UK bank account can sometimes be a difficult experience for international students. You should ensure that you have enough funds available to cover you for your first two weeks in Coventry in case there is a delay with opening an account. You should also be aware that most banks charge a monthly bank account fee for International Student Accounts.

Although Coventry University does not recommend any particular bank, a list of some popular banks in Coventry city centre is provided below for your convenience.

Bank name Contact details
Natwest 24 Broadgate, Coventry, CV1 1NE, Tel: 0845 604 1604
Nationwide 28 Broadgate, Coventry, CV1 1NE, Tel: 0845 266 0531
Lloyds Bank 30 High Street, Coventry, CV1 5RA, Tel: 0845 300 0000
TSB 15 High Street, Coventry, CV1 5RD, Tel: 024 7625 7439
Barclays Bank PLC 25 High Street, Coventry, CV1 5QZ, Tel: 0845 755 5555
HSBC 5-6 High Street, Coventry, CV1 5RE, Tel: 0845 740 4404

If you require any assistance with opening your bank account, please contact the International Student Support team via email at or call +44 (0) 24 7765 3546.