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To open a bank account in the UK, for most banks, you will need a letter from the University confirming your contact details and your passport. You will also need to complete paper application forms at the bank.
1. Enrol online at Cardiff University.2. Get your student ID card from the Students' Union - you must take your passport! (campus map ref. 38). Although, you only need your ID card and passport if you want to open a Santander bank account.3. Get your bank letter from the Students' Union (for all banks, apart from Santander).4. Choose the best bank for you – staff will give you information about each bank to help you choose5. Go to the bank and complete the application form to open your account
Using your Cardiff University username and password to go to: http://sims.cardiff.ac.uk from any networked computer at the University. If you have not received your username and password or you have not been able to enrol online, go and ask staff for help in the Students' Union:
Monday 15 September - Thursday 2 October 9.00 - 16.30
For very useful information about how to enrol online see: www.cardiff.ac.uk/regis/enrolment/essential
Take your passport with you to the Students' Union. Staff will scan your passport and issue you with your student ID card on 4th floor of the Students' Union on the following days:
Monday 15 September - Thursday 2 October 9.00 - 16.30 (including Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September, but not Saturday 27 or Sunday 28 September).
You need to bring your passport with you when you go to get your student ID card as staff will be checking your visa and that your personal details are correct on the University’s record system. Please make sure that you have a copy of your student ID number to hand when you come to the venue.
If your name, date of birth are not exactly the same as the name and the date of birth on your passport, please make sure these are changed because the banks will not open an account for you if this is not exactly the same. University staff can change these details for you on the University record system.
After you have enrolled online and got your student ID card, you can get your bank letter from the Students' Union Monday 15 September - Thursday 2 October, 9.00 - 16.30, (including Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September).
You will need to book an appointment with a member of staff at the bank to fill in the application forms. It will take at least an hour to complete the forms, or perhaps longer if there are a lot of other students in the bank doing the same thing. Be prepared to wait!
If you are likely to need to apply for a visa extension, please do not choose a paperless bank account, because you will need to have paper copies of bank statements to send with your visa application. Don’t throw your bank statements away! It takes a week to get a duplicate bank statement – so make sure you keep them.
Different banks require different documents from you.
Santander You need: 1. Your Cardiff University student ID card and your passport. You do not need any letter to open a Santander bank account.
Your passport and HSBC bank letter
You will not be eligible for a HSBC bank account if you are an international student and have a visa for less than 12 months. HSBC will not accpet a PO box number for your home address.
BarclaysYour passport and Barclays bank letter.
You will not be eligible for a HSBC bank account if you are an international student and have a visa for less than 12 months. Barclays will not accept a PO box number for your home address.
Your passport and Lloyds bank letter.
If you needed a visa to enter the UK, you will only be eligible for a Lloyds account if you have a Tier 4 Student Visa. If you have a Student Visitor Visa you will not be eligible for a Lloyds bank account. Lloyds bank will not accept a PO Box number for your home address.
Your passport and NatWest bank letter, (addressed to you). You will not be eligible for a NatWest bank account if your course is less than 6 months in duration. NatWest bank will not accept a PO Box number for your home address.
If you have opened bank account you may have problems paying your tuition fees with your debit card in person. However, you do have to option of paying your tuition fees using your debit card by going through "SIMS ONLINE": https://sims.cf.ac.uk/
You will need your username and password. Please ensure that your Full Name, Student (or applicant) Number are quoted when making the transfer. To do this you will need the following detail:
Name of Cardiff University’s tuition fee account: Co-operative Bank plc, 16 – 17 High Street, Cardiff, CF10 1AX.
Account: Cardiff University Tuition Fee Account
Account Number: 70867011
Sort Code: 08-09-03
Swift Number: CPBKGB22IBAN Number GB57 CPBK 0890 0370 867011
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