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

Local branch details

Halifax Bank
51-55 The Strand
Tel:  0845 7203040

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


Top tips for opening a Halifax account

  • 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.
  • Halifax will NOT accept the certificate of registration that you can print yourself from LSE for You as proof or your address. See below for details on the acceptable documents.
  • Some branches of Halifax 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. 
  • UK students may be able to set up an account more quickly via the Halifax website. Contact Halifax 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      


UCAS AS12 (original or a print out)


A letter from LSE on headed paper and addressed directly to Halifax 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 Halifax 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 Halifax will not accept this letter until after you register. 
  • Some branches of Halifax 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 Halifax 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).
  • Full Driving Licence, UK or overseas (must show your address, signature and photograph).

3.  Proof of address

ONE of the following:

  • Letter from LSE addressed directly to Halifax bank (see number one above). 


  • Utility bill, dated within the last 6 months.

Please note that this information does not constitute a recommendation.