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Opening a bank account

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Travelling Europe and working in the UK. Who's the best to bank with?
11 years ago, July 17th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #79860  
I'm an Aussie who's soon going to be backpacking Europe with a 3 month or so stay in the UK to work. I want to have a Debit card (preferably Visa) so I have the freedom of using it anywhere without the temptation to spend money which isn't mine (as in a credit card). In order to get paid while working in the UK I will need an overseas bank account anyway (and my Aussie bank charges ridiculous fees if I try to use my card overseas). I've seen other topics in the forums about this but all of the suggested banks were US banks. I would very much like info on what banks are spread throughout the UK AND Europe and have fairly low fees, which would allow me to open an account from Australia.

Any advice is appreciated.
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11 years ago, July 17th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #79877  
Hi Stacey

I can't comment on which banks will allow you to open an account from Australia. I would think you would have to actually be in the bank in the UK, as they need to see various forms of ID, which will, of course, be with you in Oz.

However, I would suggest you try the websites. The big banks in the UK are:

Lloyds TSB, Barclays, HSBC, Nationwide, HBOS.....

Off the top of my head.

Kate

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11 years ago, July 19th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #80086  
There's a discussion on this very topic about half way down the board.

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11 years ago, July 19th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #80087  
Thanks Kris and Kate. I did have a look at that discussion but it seemed to be all America related. Reply to this

11 years ago, July 21st 2009 No: 5 Msg: #80448  
Hi Stacey

Here is a link to the other thread about opening a UK account. Hope that helps...

Cheers
Vikki

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11 years ago, July 21st 2009 No: 6 Msg: #80459  
Thanks Bob and Vik. The link was really helpful! Reply to this

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