Who are student accounts available to?
Let’s start with who can open a student bank account. Each bank has slightly different rules regarding who qualifies, but as a general rule, if you have an offer from UCAS for a full time course, at a UK university, you’ll be eligible.
If your situation is slightly different, for example you’re applying for a degree equivalent course, a postgraduate course, or entering part –time study it might be slightly different. While some banks will accept people on other types of course, part-time students in particular may find it less straightforward.
Actually opening an account is a pretty simple process. You’ll need proof of your home and term address (when you have it), some form of identification such as your passport or birth certificate and your UCAS offer. You’ll also need to show proof of any income you have, such as a pay slip, or statement of financial arrangement.
We recognise that opening a bank account can be a big step and make people feel a little nervous or feel slightly intimidated. Don’t worry, that’s normal and remember, the banks are interested in helping you now to create a lasting relationship beyond your university years.