You should set up a bank account as soon as you arrive in the UK in order for your salary to be paid into your account. The main banks and building societies in the UK are:
Standard current accounts are free to open but all of the major banks also offer upgraded paid accounts, with benefits such as free travel insurance and retail discounts for members (subject to eligibility criteria).
To open your account, you will usually need to go to your local branch in person, although you may be able to begin the process online by filling out an application form. You will need to take proof of identity into the branch, such as your passport, and proof of address, such as a driving licence or utility bill. Each bank will have their own specific requirements, so you should check online with your chosen bank before visiting the branch.
We have helped many people set up their bank accounts upon arrival in the UK. If you need help choosing an account provider, or if you need assistance setting up your account, we would be happy to advise you.
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