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NatWest Bank requirements

The information below contains details of the documentation required by one of the local bank branches of NatWest Bank.  

Local branch details

NatWest Bank
65 Aldwych
London WC2B 4EJ
Tel: 03457888444
Website: www.natwest.com
Directions:  See Streetmap  

Top tips for opening a NatWest account

  • Please note that each branch of NatWest requires different types of documentation and document requirements change regularly.  Always check with the bank branch where you will be opening your account prior to setting up an account to avoid delays.  
  • UK students may be able to apply for a new account online. Please visit the Natwest website for details.
  • Overseas students are likely to need to book an appointment in advance to set up a new account.  Contact the branch directly for further details. 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).
  • NatWest will not usually open accounts for General Course students without very specific documentation which LSE is unable to provide during Welcome Week. We'd advise that General Course students consider opening their account at a different branch.

Required documents

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

Original offer letter        



UCAS AS12 letter          



Aldwych branch of NatWest only - LSE Certificate of Registration:    This document is available to you ONE HOUR after you have attended your programme registration.

  • Log into LSE for You and update your addresses.   Be careful to list the address 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. 
  • Next, select the 'Certification and Documentation' option in LSE for You and follow the directions provided to print your certificate.  
  • Lastly, bring the certificate to the Student Services Centre with your student ID card to have the certificate validated with an original LSE stamp and signature.  PhD/MPhil students should instead visit the Research Degrees Unit to validate their certificate.


A letter from LSE on headed paper and addressed directly to Natwest which states your registration status: 

  • PLEASE NOTE:  Although LSE may be able to provide a bank letter to unconditional offer holders or registered students, some branches of Natwest may only accept this letter if is has been printed after you register at LSE.  Check with the bank branch to confirm their requirements.

Here's how to get the letter:

  • This letter is available from September for taught Masters, Undergraduate and 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.  We can not provide this document to those with conditional offers.
  • 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 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 address for the details to be updated in our database before requesting a letter of introduction.   
  • Visit the Student Services Centre with your passport or 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 UK address

  • See the proof of student status documents above for examples of the types of documents that are acceptable for proof of your UK address


  • UK students can use alternate documents, such as a utility bill/bank/council tax statement listing UK address

3.  Proof of identification

  • Passport or EU identity card


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