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HSBC Bank requirements

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

Local branch details

Charing Cross Branch,
455 Strand,
Tel: 08457404404

Website: www.hsbc.co.uk
Directions, see Streetmap

Top tips for opening an HSBC account

  • Most branches of HSBC will NOT accept the certificate of registration that you can print yourself from LSE for You. See below for acceptable documentation.
  • Students must book an appointment with the branch to set up a new account. These can be scheduled via telephone or by stopping by the branch.
  • If you are having difficulties 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 

  • LSE Offer letter sent to permanent (overseas) address    or 

  • UCAS AS12 sent to permanent (overseas) address     or

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

    You can request this letter before you register by following the steps below. The exception to this is Mphil/PhD students, who are only able to obtain this letter after registration. However, some branches of HSBC may only accept a letter if has been printed after you register.   Check with the branch in advance to ensure you have what you need to avoid delays in opening your account.

    Here's how to get a letter of introduction for HSBC:
    • This letter is available from September for unconditional offer holders or registered students. Mphil/PhD students are only able to obtain this letter after registration. We are unable to provide this document to those with conditional offers.     
    • Log into 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 at least ONE HOUR after updating your details before requesting a letter of introduction to give our database an opportunity to update.  
    • Visit the Student Services Centre with your student ID card to ask for the 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        or

  • National Identity Card    or

  • Full Driving Licence, UK or overseas (must show your address, signature and photograph)

3.  Proof of address (UK and overseas)

  • Please see number one above for examples of acceptable proof of address such as a letter from the university.
  • UK students may use alternative documents such as a utility bill, council tax bill or tenancy agreement.

Please note that this information is subject to change and does not constitute a recommendation.  


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