UK International Student Bank Account | UniZest Aspire
Aspire Account

International students can find the process of
opening a UK bank account challenging and frustrating.

You don’t have to face the same problems!

Open your Aspire account easily online even before leaving home.

Aspire Account Explained   What Students Say

Aspire Account Features

UK e-Current
Online Account

  • Make and receive money transfers
  • Money management & budgeting tool
  • UK sort code & Account No.
  • Use the account immediately – even before you receive your card

Visa Contactless
Debit Card

  • Part of the Visa Global Network
  • Accepted in cash machines (ATMs) & retailers globally
  • Contactless payment technology
  • Cashback rewards programme
  • Delivered by your chosen option*

Foreign Exchange (FX) Service

  • Safe and secure transfers from over 135 different currencies
  • Transfer local currency or GBP to your Aspire account
  • No hidden charges

Things to SHOUT

  • Open account within 2 days
  • Excellent customer service and support
  • Free and instant Aspire-to-Aspire transfers
  • Authenticated bank statements for Tier 4 Visa applications
  • Block & Unblock your card online in your account

*Charges for card delivery apply.

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A comparison between

The Aspire Account

  • Open your account BEFORE leaving home
  • No UK address needed to OPEN your account
  • Simple, easy and quick online application
  • Start using it immediately to make payments (e.g. accommodation & tuition fees)
  • Integrated and customised foreign exchange (FX) service
  • Special features for international students
  • Excellent customer support service
  • Apply now to secure an Aspire Account.

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Standard UK Bank Accounts

  • Only open an account once you are in the UK
  • Proof of UK address is required
  • Application process can take several weeks and can be very stressful
  • You have to visit the bank branch before opening account
  • Foreign exchange service can be costly and difficult
  • No special features for international students
  • Standard bank customer support service
  • You can’t apply until you arrive in UK

What do I need to apply?

  • Be 16+
  • Have a valid Passport (or National ID for EU Nationals only)
  • An unconditional offer of a place at a UK institution – BUT you can begin your application before you have this confirmed
  • A desire to make your life a lot easier when you arrive in the UK
Read a step-by-step guide to application process.  Step-by-Step guide
  • “Following the opening of my UK Aspire Account, the application process went very smoothly and was indeed stress free.” (Patryk – June17 – Middlesex University)
  • “Everything, from the first few steps to providing ID and even getting my debit card went smooth.” (Kiril – May17 – University of Bedfordshire)
  • “The application process is really easy all I had to do was sign up some forms online” (Mark – May17 – South Bank University)
  • “Thank you very much for such a quick and detailed reply! I see that the customer service in UniZest is at the great level :)” (Mikolaj – Aug16 – City University)

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Opening Hours

Our Holiday Opening Hours

Happy Holidays!

All of your team at UniZest would like to wish you a very joyful Festive Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Our Customer Service team will still be available over the festive season to answer your emails and if you need to talk to us, the following are our call centre opening hours:

Tuesday 24th December: 10:00 – 14:00
Wednesday 25th December: Closed
Thursday 26th December: Closed
Friday 27th December: 10:00 – 14:00
Saturday 28th December: 10:00 – 14:00
Sunday 29th December: Closed
Monday 30th December: 09:00 – 17:00

Tuesday 31st December: 10:00 – 14:00

Wednesday 1st January: Closed

Thursday 2nd January: 09:00 – 17:00

We look forward to assisting you in 2020.

Best wishes,

Telephone: +44 (0)207 205 2500




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