The safest way of managing your money once you have arrived in the UK is opening a British bank account. We encourage you not to carry around large amounts of cash with you.
There are many high street banks you can choose from. You should look around to see which bank and account suits you best.
In order to open a UK bank account you will need:
- Your passport: this will prove your identification
- Proof of address in the UK: accommodation letter or tenancy agreement
- Attendance letter: you can obtain this from the Gateway Enquiries desk
Once you have all the above documentation you are able to open up a UK bank account. If you change address whilst living in the UK you must let your bank know as soon as possible.