When I realized that opening a bank account in London was like hula hooping while eating chicken biryani. I had assumed it would be a walk in the park but I was so very mistaken. There are plenty of banks to choose from and number of accounts and schemes being advertised, its easy to get confused and go for whats being advertised. DO NOT MAKE THAT MISTAKE !
Bank accounts are serious things don't be in a hurry. Always carry enough in forex to last you one month. Yes one entire month, It takes that long mostly....
Things to consider
1. Bank University Partnerships
2. Bank branch and proximity to Uni
3. Services and accounts provided
4. ATM charges
5. monthly rent for debit accounts
6. online & mobile banking
7. Are they student friendly - " do they charge you for every transaction"
8. International transaction rates
Reality Check : No student accounts are free. You either pay a monthly five pound rent or a six pound transaction fee every time you receive an international money transfer
Never pay your entire tuition fee from an international debit or credit card
( they have exorbitant secret charges)
pay a tuition fee deposit from your home country before arrival.. my cards wouldn't work in the UK :(
Advise : transfer a large sum once ( don't blow it on booze and primark- undergrads)
Use a bank such as Barkleys
(they have an international money transfer free of 6 pounds but you don't pay a monthly rent of five pounds) & they give you cool gadgets
FREE PIN READER