Banks in Winchester
There are several banks in Winchester which offer bank accounts for international students, including: Barclays, NatWest, HSBC, Lloyds, Santander, and Royal Bank of Scotland. All of these banks are centrally located in Winchester. Our best advice to you for choosing your UK bank is for you to check out what each bank will offer you as an international student. Here are links to some banks providing information about international student bank accounts:
The following bank only provide online information for UK students: HSBC Bank.
Covering the costs of your first weeks in UK
You should plan ahead to have funds available for the first few weeks of your course as it can take two to three weeks for your UK bank account to go live. You should plan ahead and have sufficient finances to cover this, much as you would plan for a similar vacation period – but do not bring large amounts of cash!
Opening a bank account
Opening a bank account in the UK can sometimes be confusing for an international student. Different banks apply different conditions and offer different services, and this may change from year to year. It can take two or three weeks for your new UK bank account to go live,
Transferring money to the UK
Once your bank account is live it is very easy to move funds from your home country by electronic transfer. Electronic transfer is also the best and safest way to pay your fees and campus-based accommodation costs.
Winchester has a range of bookshops – academic, commercial, antiquarian and second-hand:
P & G Wells (firstname.lastname@example.org)
11 College Street, Winchester SO23 9LZ (tel: 01962 852016)
University Bookshop (email@example.com)
University of Winchester (tel: 01962 827365)
97 High Street, Winchester SO23 9AH (tel: 01962 866206)
The Brooks, Winchester SO23 8QY (tel: 01962 840379)
Winchester Book Shop (antiquarian and second-hand books)
10a St George Street, Winchester SO23 8BG (tel: 01962 855630)