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1. Posted by angelleaf (Budding Member 11 posts) 5y

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Hi all,

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.

thanks!! :)

2. Posted by thegeegs (Budding Member 15 posts) 5y

Hi there,

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!


3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 5y

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.

4. Posted by angelleaf (Budding Member 11 posts) 5y

thanks for all your help girls. i'll check out those two banks today :)

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