Contact your HR Administrator for a letter of introduction

UK bank accounts

How do I open a UK bank account?

You will need to open a UK bank account to, apart from anything else, allow the University to pay you.

NatWest bank has branches on the University’s Streatham and St Luke’s campuses and you may find it convenient to use this bank, however, your salary can be paid into any UK bank and there are branches of most banks in Exeter city centre and Falmouth town centre.

Banks in the UK are legally obliged to undertake identity and address verification, which may lead to a delay in individuals from outside the UK opening a UK bank account. Please check with your chosen bank the items of documentation they require before you make the appointment to open your account.

Once you have opened your account please notify the Payroll Office as soon as possible.

How to open a NatWest bank account before you arrive in the UK

Natwest’s Global Employee Banking service gives you the opportunity to open a UK bank account before you arrive in the UK. Information can be found at www.natwestglobal.com

How to open a Santander bank account before you arrive in the UK

Sandander offer a Fast Track Account Opening service for new employees. They are able to set up an account for you before you start work at the University, you will need to email Rebecca West your details and include a copy of your contract letter. The team at Sandander will then set up your account. Once you are here you can simply call into the branch with your passport or EU identity card and your original contract. Identification requirements are simple and do not require you to have a bank statement or utility bill, the branch will then issue your account number when you arrive.

How to open a bank account when you arrive at the University of Exeter

You can open a current account with any UK bank, the requirements of several banks are listed below.

Barclays:

Either your current signed passport or EU ID card and
One utility bill (gas, electricity, council tax, water, land line telephone bill) and one bank statement in your name that has been sent to your current UK address in the last 3 months.

HSBC:

You will need to take the following documents to a HSBC branch:

Your current signed passport and
One utility bill (gas, electricity, council tax, water, land line telephone bill) or bank statement in your name that has been sent to your current UK address in the last 3 months. If you do not have a utility bill or bank statement, please ask your HR Business Partner for a letter of Introduction to HSBC.

LloydsTSB:

You will need to take the following documents to a LloydsTSB branch:

Your current signed passport and
One utility bill (gas, electricity, council tax, water, land line telephone bill) or bank statement in your name that has been sent to your current UK address in the last 3 months. If you do not have a utility bill or bank statement, please ask your HR Business Partner for a letter of Introduction to LloydsTSB.

The following languages are spoken in the Exeter High Street branch: Cantonese; English; German; Hindi; Hokkien; Indonesion; Malay; Mandarin; Mauathi; Polish; Pujabi and Urdu

Lloyds TSB has a Shariah approved Islamic account

NatWest:

You will need to take the following documents to a NatWest branch:

Either your current signed passport or EU ID card and
An utility bill (gas, electricity, council tax, water, land line telephone bill) or bank statement in your name that has been sent to your current UK address in the last 3 months.