UK bank accounts Opening a bank account is the safest and most effective way of managing your money as an international student. These pages provide important information on how to open a bank account in the UK. Things to know before opening an account Guidance on reasons for opening a UK bank account and advice on choosing a bank and bank regulations. Bank account options with local banks Explore the different UK banks and the type of banking they could offer you. Documentation required to open an account Guidance on documentation needed to open a bank account and how you can prove your student status and address.