The table below contains details of the documentation required to open a new bank account by a local branch of Santander.
Please note that this information is subject to change and does not constitute a recommendation. Always contact the bank branch directly to confirm details prior to setting up an account to insure that you will have the proper documentation.
On-campus Santander branch details
29-31 Portugal Street
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The local branches of Santander may accept an LSE Student ID card or an LSE Certificate of Registration to open a new account, which can help to speed up the process for opening an account. (see below for details)
1. Address and student identification (one from below)
LSE offer letter certificate with an accurate address present
LSE Certificate of Registration: This document is only available to you ONE HOUR after you have completed your Programme Registration. To obtain this document, first log into LSE for You and ensure that your Contact and Home addresses are up to date. If you skip this step, you could 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. Once this is done, select the 'Certification and Documentation' option in LSE for You and follow the directions provided to print your certificate. Then, bring the certificate to the Student Services Centre with your student ID card to have the certificate validated with an original LSE stamp and seal. (PhD/MPhil students may alternatively bring their certificate to the Research Degrees Unit to have the document certificated). Please note the opening hours.
A letter from LSE addressed directly to Santander: This letter is available from mid-September. To request this letter, you must either be a registered student, OR an unconditional offer holder with no outstanding documents required by Admissions. We can not provide this document to those with conditional offers or those with outstanding Admissions document requirements. First, log into LSE for You and ensure 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 may reject your documentation. Wait ONE HOUR after updating your address for the details to be updated in our database. Lastly, 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 must contact the Research Degrees Unit to request this document and are not eligible to receive a copy until after Registration). Please note the opening hours.
2. Name identification (one from below)
Passport (with a valid visa if required)
An EEA ID card
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