Open a UK bank account before you arrive and have a debit card sent to you within 48 hours of your arrival in the UK.

Account features

  • Open the account before you arrive in the UK
  • Have a fully functioning debit card posted to you within 48 hours of arriving in the UK
  • No fee to use the debit card online and in shops
  • Online banking 24/7 
  • Customer helpline 

Open your account in five easy steps

1) Click here to order a free UK SIM (you will need a UK number to open the account)

2) Collate the following paper work:

    • Student visa
    • Passport
    • CAS ((Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) letter
    • UK address*

3) Fill in application form, scan and send paper work requested

4) Follow the instructions emailed and texted to you by Card One Money

5) Call 0871 811 1881** when you arrive to arrange for the debit card to be sent to you.

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Summary of account running costs

Monthly operating fee£6.25 
ATM withdrawals within the UK£1.50
ATM withdrawals outside the UK£3.00 plus 2.75% of the transaction value  
Cash withdrawal at Barclays bank£5
Standing orders charged at30p
Direct debit charged at30p
Balance enquiry by SMS15p


*Give the address you will be moving to in the UK and will live at during your studies.

**You will need to fully open your account and order the card after arriving in the UK by ringing the customer helpline on 0871 811 1881 . The card will be dispatched to you within 48 hours.”