Opening a bank account
For international students
Using a bank account is the safest and most effective way of managing your money and making or receiving payments, so you should definitely open a bank account once you arrive in the UK.
You'll need the following documents:
- Proof of your identity (such as your passport or EU identity card)
- If you're from outside the EU, your student visa in your passport or Biometric Residence Permit card
- A letter confirming you're a registered student
- Your University of Portsmouth student ID card
Most banks require International and EU students to show a bank letter from the University before they will open an account for you.
Requesting a bank letter
Once you've chosen a bank to join, you can request your bank letter from the MyPort Hub. You'll need to be registered as a student first, before we can issue a letter to you.
If you want to open a bank account before you arrive, you can do so through UniZest.
If you're here for less than 6 months, or if you're on an exchange trip, you will only be able to open an account with HSBC, Barclays or Santander. If you're a pre-sessional English student, you can request your bank letter from the pre-sessional English team.
If you're a visiting scholar, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a letter.