You can bring money into the UK in:
You must declare cash of €10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you take it between the UK and any non-EU country. Cash includes: notes and coins, bankers' drafts, travellers' cheques, cheques (including travellers' cheques) that are signed but not made out to a person or organisation.
You could face a penalty of up to £5,000 if you:
If HMRC (customs) officials have reason to doubt the legitimacy of properly declared cash, then they have the power to seize it.
These controls will not apply to anyone:
For further information and contact details, visit this page on the UK government's website. You should also check if there are limits imposed on foreign currency transactions by your home country.
You will need some sterling cash for expenses during the first week – about £250 should be enough. We do not recommend bringing or carrying larger amounts of cash with you.
If possible, make arrangements to transfer money to a UK bank account. In case there is a problem in transferring money, it is also a good idea to have a further £350 available in travellers cheques and a credit card for emergencies. You will also need money for items such as:
If you will be living in private accommodation then you may need more than this to cover any deposit or rent in advance.
You will need money to cover your tuition fees plus living costs for your first year. Tuition fees for each course can be found on the course page. We recommend checking with your University faculty as to what the course fees cover. All students classified as Overseas for fee purposes must pay 50% of the tuition fee for that academic year at, or prior to, their enrolment. Failure to make the 50% payment may cause disruption to your studies.
Living costs cover payments for accommodation, groceries, travel and other expenses. You can find a full breakdown of living cost estimates here.
Most international students will be able to open a basic bank account. This allows you to pay money in to the account and withdraw money with a cash card. A basic bank account does not allow credit or for you to become overdrawn. Each bank has different requirements for setting up account – you may need to provide your passport, proof of study and proof of address but check with your chosen branch. Once you're an enrolled student, the Library and Student Office can produce bank letters with your UK student addresses listed.
It may be possible to set up a UK bank account in advance if you are able to open an account with a multi-national bank so that you can use ATMs in the UK – you would need to check with your bank first if this is possible.
All the main UK banks have branches in Kingston: