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International Students

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NatWest international student requirements:

To apply for an account you need to be completing a full-time undergraduate course lasting at least 2 years; completing a full-time postgraduate course; or training as a nurse, at a UK university or college of higher education. Please ensure you have read what documentation is also required.

You also need to be aged 17 or over and have a UK residential address.

NatWest International Students What account can I apply for?
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Fancy a 1/3 off coach travel for 4 years?

When you open a Student Account with us, you will receive a free National Express Young Persons Coachcard, valid for 4 years, which gives you:

  • 1/3 off standard adult coach fares in the UK with National Express
  • 1/3 off standard adult fares with Hovertravel and Scottish Citylink services when booked through National Express
  • 10% off travel to festivals and events in the UK, including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festival and England football matches at Wembley Stadium. Visit nationalexpress.com/events for more information.
  • 10% off coach fares to lots of great European destinations
  • National Express have dedicated coach stops on 20 university campuses in England and Wales taking you right to your Uni experience.

Your Coachcard is perfect for travelling to and from uni, visiting friends and taking advantage of the long summer holidays. To get yours, all you need to do is sign up for online banking and select to receive paperless statements. Once you have done this, you will receive your Coachcard within 5 working days.

Now that's #Uniproof!

Find out more about your Coachcard
NatWest Mobile app Get the app to make your student life easier

Once you get the account, don't forget to get the app!

It includes Get Cash which lets you go out with just your phone and get money from selected ATM's. Don't forget about Pay Your Contacts either!- Pay your mates back that fiver you borrowed with just their phone number. 

Plus, it also does all of the simple stuff too, like tell you your balance or where your nearest branch is.

See what else you can do with our app

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Pay Your Contacts

Important Information

NatWest Mobile App is available on selected smartphones, to personal current account customers with a debit card, Online Banking and UK mobile number.

For Get Cash, limits apply to the service, including a maximum withdrawal limit of £250 per day. The amount requested must be within the daily withdrawal limit for your debit card and there is a maximum limit of 2 Get Cash withdrawals per day. You must also have at least £25 available funds to withdraw from your account.

With Pay Your Contacts, as long as you're aged 16 or over, you can send money using our app to someone with a UK mobile number who has the NatWest/RBS Mobile Banking app. If they don’t have the app, don’t worry. You can still send them money as long as they have a valid UK Visa debit card, credit card or prepaid card. There’s also a maximum payment limit of £250 a day. You must also have available funds to send from your account.

NatWest banking features Don't forget about these extras too
Emergency Cash and Text Alerts

If your debit card is lost or stolen, our Emergency Cash service makes sure you can access your money from our ATMs (Limits apply).

And, with our Text Alerts you can get extra information about your Student Account such as when you might be a little too close spending all your available balance. 

Bank how and when you want to

We know life keeps you pretty busy. Access your account anytime with 24-hour UK call centres, Online Banking and our Mobile Banking app.

Ways to bank with us 

NatWest International Students What do I need to open an account?

Opening your Student Account as an international student is easy, but we will need some documentation from you to verify your identity and address in branch after you've applied. 

NatWest require two forms of documentation:

  • One original document that confirms your identity
  • One original document that confirms your address whilst in the UK
You will also be required to provide proof of your student status before we can open your account.

What can we accept as proof of student status?

Proof of student status must always be provided when opening a Student Account as an international student along with one other item proving your UK residential address.

You can provide any of the following:

UCAS/NMAS Letter:

  • The letter must be on headed paper.

  • It must also include the UCAS/NMAS application number and match the address on the application form.

  • Acceptance letter from the Nursing & Midwifery Admissions Service (NMAS) is acceptable too


Student Loan Company/LEA/SAAS Award Letter:

The award letter must: 

  • Have an address on that matches the one you use to apply for your Student Account.

  • Be on headed paper. 

 

University/College Letter of Acceptance/Enrolment Offer/ Enrolment Certificate:

  • Letters should be on headed paper and addressed to the Bank or to you at your application address.
    It can be an original letter, an email or an internet print

  • The letter must confirm you are onto the course and match the address on the application form

  • The letter must be issued by a Government/LEA/SAAS funded University/College. If issued by anyone else this is not acceptable.

  • Letters from a language schools are not acceptable.

  • The course must still have six months left to run for the letter to be accepted unless it’s an English course.

  • Where you are going to study an English course before another higher education/university course and the English course is less than six months long, you must provide details of the English course and the higher education course/university course that you intend to take after it.
NatWest International Students How do I open an account?
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NatWest international student requirements:

To apply for an account you need to be completing a full-time undergraduate course lasting at least 2 years; completing a full-time postgraduate course; or training as a nurse, at a UK university or college of higher education. Please ensure you have read what documentation is also required. 

You also need to be aged 17 or over and have a UK residential address.

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