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1. Posted by angelleaf (Budding Member, 11 posts) 21 Nov '11 01:21

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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, 14 posts) 21 Nov '11 04:48

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, 3600 posts) 21 Nov '11 05:13

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) 21 Nov '11 13:34

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

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