You are advised to open a bank account as soon as possible after your arrival and registration. Do not carry large amounts of cash around with you. To open a bank account you will need:
- a bank letter from the University
- your passport;
- unconditional letter of acceptance;
- accommodation contract (proof of Aberdeen address);
- visa (if applicable).
For most students, banks will require a letter from the University to confirm your address and student registration. A bank letter will be sent by email to your university email account the day after you have completed registration and have both a term and home address showing in your Student Hub.
Only once all of the registration steps have been completed will a letter be emailed to you. This letter should be printed and taken to the bank. If the bank you wish to bank with is not listed on the electronic bank letter, or if they have requested a letter addressed to them, please visit the Infohub, where a hard copy bank letter will be produced for you free of charge. Please note, you must know the specific branch of the bank you wish to open an account with, as this must be included in the letter the Infohub produces.
The British Bankers' Association has produced a 'guide to opening a bank account' which offers a step by step guide for International Students.
You may also find some useful information on the UKCISA website.
Please visit the Infohub, where a hard copy bank letter will be produced for you. Please note, you must know the specific branch of the bank you wish to open an account with as this must be included in the letter the Infohub produces.