Benefits of subscribing to the exchange student package

For a one-off fee of £12.50 you will get a three month subscription to the Survival Service which will include:

  1. A UK SIM, with £5 credit, sent to you anywhere in the world free of charge. The SIM is with giffgaff which has a Trustpilot rating of excellent.
  2. A digital student discount card that will give you 300 discounts on national brands such as ASOS, Apple, Google store and the Co-op supermarket.
  3. Access to the members page on the website where you will be able to find products and services useful to you as an international student, such as law firms that specialise in visas
  4. A weekly e-magazine from Great British Mag with articles that will help you from pre-arrival to graduation
  5. Careers guidance to help you assess the options open to you after you graduate included securing the Post-study visa.
  6. Get invitations to events, workshops and webinars.

More details about the bank account

You have the option to open a UK bank account pre-arrival with Card One Money which has a Trustpilot rating of excellent.

The features of the account include:

  • Account opened online, pre-arrival
  • Debit card posted for free to a UK address 48 hours after you contact customer services
  • Transfer money directly into the account on arrival to the UK
  • Hold up to £50,000 in the account

Charges for the bank account explained

FeaturesCardOneMoney
Open account pre-arrival in the UKYes
Monthly Account Fee£6.25 – special rate for subscribers
Debit card issue feeFree
Additional Cards£5
Max account deposit£50,000
Debit card usage in the UKFree
Electronic PaymentsFree
Direct Debits30p
Standing orders30p
Pay cash into the account in the UK0.75% fee to pay in cash
Pay in by UK Bank Transfer30p
ATM withdrawals (UK)£1.50
ATM withdrawals (Non-UK)£3.00 plus 2.75% of the transaction value
International transfer into the account£15 per transaction (Note: cannot receive transfers from all countries)
Send money internationally£30
24/7 bankingYes
Customer helpline (office hours)Yes
Good features for international studentsCan open account before you arrive in the UK and and get debit card sent to you after 3 days of contacting customer services after you arrive in the UK.