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Student Bank Accounts

Student page

How to open a student bank account

You can find independent information on student accounts at MoneySavingExpert.

The British Bankers Association provide more general information, including links to their members' websites. 

Shop around for the best deals. There is a Santander Bank on campus.

To open a student bank account you will need a current UK address. You will also need to show the bank proof of identity (eg passport, birth certificate, current UK photocard driving licence), and evidence that you are a student.

Some banks will accept your Goldsmiths card as evidence of your student status. Others may ask for a letter confirming that you are a student or that you have an unconditional offer on a course.

You can request a letter via MyGoldsmiths and print it off yourself. If required you can bring it into the Student Centre to get it stamped. Please ensure that your address is correct by clicking on the ‘My Details’ tab and then ‘Change your address’.

Goldsmiths does not recommend any particular bank, however, if you wish to open an account without using a mainstream bank, Loot provides a virtual, smartphone bank account solution and you are able to open this upon your arrival to the UK if you are an international student, or at any time if you are a UK-based student.

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