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The Citizens Advice Bureau have put together a guide to the different types of bank account and how to open them.

Many different banks in the UK offer a wide range of services, yet opening an account in the UK can be challenging for Non-UK residents. Some banks have an international expatriate division for expats, and some will assist you in the high street branch, but you may need to make an appointment in advance.


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Traditional Banks

The UK's most common high-street banks are:

  • HSBC, see also HSBC Expat
  • Barclays
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • NatWest
  • Santander
  • Halifax
  • Nationwide
  • Tesco Bank
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App Based Banks

There are now alternative options to the high-street banks, such as the app-based bank, Monzo, Wise.

Other leading app-based banks in the UK market currently also include Atom and Starling.

Typically, all one needs to sign up for a Monzo account is ID - a passport (applicable visa) and a UK mailing address to receive your card.

Once you have established a permanent address, you can update your account accordingly.