I am a british citizen but have lived in Australia all my life.
I need to know what bank is a good one to use when i move to the UK next year. i just want a basic account with low fees and i just need a debit card. no frills.
Also what do i need in order too apply for an account? i have heard that i need a national security number?? can someone tell me how i apply for this? or can i only apply for it once i move and once i've been living there?
i hope i've provided enough info for you guys to help me out.
As a Brit also living overseas, I spent 7 months trying to open an account with a bank I walked into on a trip to UK. However, the bank I chose, NatWest (National Westminster) were extremely helpful and between us we managed to jump through all the hoops. Fees, I think are pretty standard in the UK and its easy to have a no frills account with a debit card. I did have to provide a lot of information though, so be prepared! Hope this helps!
I'm with HSBC and have always found them to be good; my partner is a New Zealander and he had no problems opening an account with HSBC when he was in the UK.
You may need a national insurance number to apply for an account with any of the banks; if you do, this government website has all the info required to do so.
thanks for all your help girls. i'll check out those two banks today