UCL Human Resources


Bank Accounts

Bank accounts

Paying into a UK Bank Account

Payroll Services will pay your salary into a UK bank account or building society. We are currently unable to make electronic payments overseas so you are required to set up a UK bank account for this purpose. To facilitate this, we offer a bank introductory letter. 

  • Bank Accounts The UCL payroll system can only accept bank accounts with a 6 digit sort code and an 8 digit account number. The only exceptions being Lloyds Bank which has a 7 digit account number and Girobank which has a 9 digit account number.

  • Building Society Accounts  The UCL payroll system can only accept building society accounts with a 6 digit sort code and an 8 digit account number. If you have a savings account you will need to quote a roll/ reference number as well as the 6 digit sort code and 8 digit account number. Please note that some building societies may take longer to credit your account.

If you are an Overseas Nationals, please see Opening a UK Bank Account below.

Changing your Bank Details

Download the form and complete the following form:  

Complete the form, sign it and return to: 

Payroll Services
2nd Floor, Bidborough House, 
38-50 Bidborough St, 

Opening a UK Bank Account

UCL and Santander Universities are pleased to confirm a partnership that enables all UCL employees to quickly and easily open a UK bank account.  The account can be opened through the dedicated Santander Universities Branch on Tottenham Court Road and the Gower Street Campus.  In addition to dedicated resources for university staff, enabling fast track access to staff, you will also have access to a range of exclusive banking products.

If you wish to open a UK bank account with Santander using this service, please first request a bank reference letter from your Employment Contract Administration (ECA) team.

To open your bank account you need to take the following documents:

  • Passport/ EU Identity Card, combined with UK residency eligibility (British Residency Permit/ visa in passport)
  • UCL reference letter containing-
    • Your full name, identical to how it shows on your passport/ Residency Permit
    • Your current London address
    • Three years of address history
    • Salary details

Upon receipt of these documents Santander will be able to open an account for you by arranging an appointment- this cannot be done prior to your arrival in London.

Santander Universities Branch
164-167 Tottenham Court Road

Telephone 055114 30582
To book an appointment:

Richard Smith
University Relationship Branch Manager
Santander Universities UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 5511430582
Mobile: +44 (0) 7713559965

Opening times:
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm

Santander UCL Branch
Wilkins Building Lower Ground Floor
South Cloisters

Telephone: 055114 83698
To book an appointment:

Jon Lewis
University Personal Banker
Santander Universities UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 5511430582
Mobile: +44 (0) 7713559965

Opening time:
Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm