Opening a Bank Account

When you arrive in Chester you can open a UK bank account. The International Centre will provide you with information about the different banks in Chester and will advise you on what documents you will need to successfully open a bank account

Opening a Bank Account

You should be able to open a ‘basic bank account' - which provides easy access to banking facilities for adults in the UK with a number of different banks. Additionally, some banks offer a bank account tailored specifically for your needs as an international student.

In order to open a bank account you will need to take necessary documents with you to prove who you are. You will need to check with your chosen bank what they require, but usually you need to provide the following as a minimum:

your passport with student visa


your national photo ID card, if you are from an EU country


a ‘Letter of Introduction for UK Banking Facilities' which the university will complete to show your UK study details.


With a basic bank account:

  • You can have money paid directly into your account.
  • You can withdraw money from a cash machine (ATM)
  • You can pay bills by standing order (SO) or direct debit (DD)
  • You cannot get credit or apply for an overdraft.