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.
Local Santander branch details
29-31 Portugal Street
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The local branches of Santander will typically 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. Proof of student status
LSE offer letter with a UK address
LSE Certificate of Registration: This document is 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 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 September. To request this letter, you must be an unconditional offer holder or a registered student. We can not provide this document to those with conditional offers. 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 will 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). Please note the opening hours.
2. Proof of identification
Passport of EU identity card
Student visa (as applicable)
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