You need to be enrolled and obtain a student status letter through your student account. Information on the various banks is available as follows:
Banking information for international students
You should aim to open a bank account as soon as possible after you arrive in the UK. You may want to visit more than one bank before making a choice.
Below is documentation you usually require to open a bank account as an international student in the UK:
You should aim to open a bank account as soon as possible after arrival in the UK as you will find it useful during your time in London. It can take some time to open an account and you may wish to visit more than one bank before making a choice. The main high street banks in the England are:
Contact details are listed further down the page
It is not normally possible to open a student bank account if you are here for less than 6 months.
However, some banks might let you open very basic accounts with them if you are in the UK for up to 6 months. You should try, where possible, to open an account with an international bank in your home country and check whether you would be able to use the bank's cash machines in the UK.
Barclays Bank, 129 Brent Street, Hendon, London, NW4 2DU (Mon-Fri 0930-1630)
Barclays Bank, 247 Edgware Road, Colindale, NW9 6LS (Mon-Fri 0930-1630)
Telephone: 08457 555 555
Student Bank Account
For an application form and information on opening a bank account for international students living in the UK, please visit their website.
HSBC, 1 Central Circus, Hendon, NW4 3JU (Mon-Fri 0930-1630)
HSBC, 1 Sentinel Square, Brent Street, Hendon, London, NW4 2ER
Telephone: 08457 404 404
HSBC Passport Account
For information on HSBC Passport accounts and how to apply, please visit their website.
Lloyds 19 Central Circus, Hendon, London NW4 3AS
Lloyds 1-3 Finchley Lane, Hendon, London NW4 1BN
Telephone: 0845 3000 000
For more information about International banking: call 0800 055 6358 or visit their website.
Natwest, 95 Church Road, Hendon, NW4 4DS (Mon-Fri 0900-1630 except Wed 0930-1630)
Natwest, 5 Central Circus, Hendon, NW4 3LA (Mon-Fri 0900-1630 except Wed 0930-1630, Sat 0900-1300)
Natwest, 1175 Finchley Road, Temple Fortune, NW11 0BE (Mon-Fri 0900-1630 except Wed 0930-1630)
Telephone: 0800 200400
Santander, 6 Vivian Avenue, Hendon, London, NW4 3YA (Mon,Tue, Thu, Fri 0900-1700, Wed 1000-17000, Sat 1000-1200)
Santander, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, London, NW4 3FN (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 0900-1700, Wed 1000-17000, Sat 1000-1600)
Telephone: 0800 707 6692