Life in the UK: Bank Accounts

You will need to set up a new account with a UK bank when you arrive. Most employers transfer salaries into employees’ bank accounts at the end of each month. This means your new employer will ask you for a UK bank account number in order to pay you.

Below is a list of just some of the banks in the UK:

  • Barclays Bank
  • Natwest
  • HSBC
  • Nationwide
  • Lloyds Banking Group

Documents Required

To guarantee security, a bank will need to see various documents before they can open an account for you. The documents you need will depend on which bank you go to. You may find that the opening an account is easier with some banks than others. Before you decide which bank you want to use, it may be a good idea to call them and ask what documents they require, or you can check the links below.

List of Documents required by banks:

Opening Hours

Banks in the UK usually open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4.30pm. In large cities, some banks may open on Saturday mornings from 9.30am-1pm. All banks are closed on Sundays.