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Barclays Bank requirements

The information below contains details of  the documentation required by one local branch of Barclays Bank.  However, requirements to open an account can vary between different Barclay's branches, and document requirements change regularly. Always contact the bank branch directly before booking or attending an appointment to confirm what you will need.

Local branch details

Barclays Bank
366 The Strand
Tel:  0345 734 5345

Website: www.barclays.co.uk
Directions: See Streetmap

Top tips for opening a Barclays account

  • It may be possible to schedule an appointment to open a new account up to one month in advance.   Schedule by phone or in person.  Book early to save yourself time later.
  • Some branches of Barclays will NOT accept a letter from LSE to prove your student status until AFTER you have registered on your designated registration date, particularly if you are an international student.  Be sure to check in advance to see when you can open an account and what documents are required.
  • Barclays will NOT accept the certificate of registration that you can print yourself from LSE for You.  See below for details on the acceptable documents.
  • Some branches of Barclays require that the branch's address be listed on their letter. You are responsible for confirming the bank's requirement and their exact address before visiting the Student Services Centre counter. 
  • Some Barclays branches ask for a letter from LSE using a specific template. LSE can provide a letter which contains most of the information required, but please note that we can not use the exact formatting they have requested and we can not make amendments/additions to our version of the letter.
  • UK students may be able to set up an account more quickly via the Barclays website.  Contact Barclays directly to confirm.
  • If you are having difficulty booking a bank appointment, you may consider visiting a different branch to set up your account. You can still do business with a local branch once your account is established.  

Required documents 

1.  Proof of student status (One of the following)

Original offer letter which includes a UK address (this must be less than 12 months old).   


A letter from LSE on headed paper and addressed directly to Barclays Bank which states that you are an expected or registered student.

You may be eligible to request this letter before you register -the exception to this are MPhil/PhD student are only eligible to request a letter after their designated registration date. However, some branches of Barclays may not accept a letter until after you register.  Check with the branch first to ensure you have what you need to avoid delays in opening your account.

Here's how to get the letter:

  • This letter is available from September for taught Masters, Undergraduate/ General Course students. MPhil/PhD students are only able to request a letter after their designated registration date.  
  • You must be an unconditional offer holder or a registered student.  This document is not available to those with conditional offers.  Please note that some branches of Barclays will not accept this letter until after you register. 
  • Some branches of Barclays require that the address of the branch where you will open the account be listed on the letter.  Check this in advance with the branch where you will open the account. You must be able to provide this address before requesting a letter.  
  • Log in to LSE for You and ensure that your Contact and Home addresses are up to date.  If you skip this step, your letter will be rejected by the bank. Be careful to list the address where you live during term-time (usually in London) as your Contact Address and your address at home (or international address) as the Permanent Address, or the bank will reject your documentation.  .  
  • Wait ONE HOUR after updating your addresses for the details to be updated in our database before requesting a letter of introduction.   
  • Visit the Student Services Centre with your passport, national ID or student ID card, and the bank's address.  Ask for a Barclays bank letter, which will be printed immediately for you. PhD/MPhil students should instead contact the Research Degrees Unit. Please note our opening hours.  

2.  Proof of identification

  • Passport and visa (or EU ID card)
    • Please note: Barclays bank does not accept Greek or Romanian National Identity Cards).

3.  Proof of address

ONE of the following:

  • Letter from LSE addressed directly to Barclays Bank (see number one above) 


  • Original LSE Offer letter       


  • UCAS AS12 letter with your full name and address   


Please note that this information does not constitute a recommendation.


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