You’ll need to be in the UK to open a bank account.
If you are unable to travel to us for the start of term and wish to open a bank account in advance of coming, it is advisable to speak directly to the banks as each bank will have a different approach to handling this type of enquiry
Proof of your identity:
- your passport or;
- if you are from the EEA. your national identity card (please be aware that some ID cards are not acceptable).
Non-EEA students – proof of your UK immigration status
- a valid visa/immigration document – vignette* in your passport or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
*Please note, if you were issued with entry clearance overseas and have a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to collect when you arrive, you’ll need to do so before you can open a bank account. If you chose the University of Essex, Colchester Campus as your collection location our International Services team will email you to let you know when they have it and how you can collect it. Read our immigration pages for more information.
You may not be able to open a UK bank account if your visa is valid for less than 6 months, unless you are going onto further study in the UK.
Bank Letter (Letter of introduction for banking facilities) - for international students only
Most banks will also require a letter of introduction from our University (certificate of registration), which must be in exactly the same name as your passport and visa (if applicable).
In order to view your document, you will need to access your Gradintelligence account. If you have previously accessed your HEAR or the Big Essex Award you will have already created a username and password for your account. If you are yet to log in, you will need to create a username and password.
You can log in to your account on the GradIntelligence website.