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Thinking of You!

"UniZest is working to make your international student life in the UK easier and less stressful.
We make the boring (but important) financial stuff simple and straightforward for you."

Our Mission Statement

About Us

UniZest Ltd was founded in September 2015 by Peter Miles and Chris Donnachie to address the problems that international students have in opening bank accounts after they arrive in the UK. With over 35 years of experience in both the student market and financial products, the founders have taken advantage of the FinTech revolution and created the Aspire account.

Amongst other great features the Aspire account can be opened before the student arrives in the UK. Students don’t need to worry any more about waiting several weeks to get an appointment or visiting the bank a couple of times, whilst parents can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that a key financial service is established and ready to use.

The founders, directors and team at UniZest are experts with many years’ experience in banking, foreign exchange and UK student affairs. The UniZest team also includes international students who have studied in the UK and understand what students need to help them settle in and make the most of their University life.

"We have known Peter for many years ... He has been working in the student market for 15 years and has a reputation for integrity and marketing excellence."

UCAS Media  October 2015

How does UniZest operate?

UniZest created the Aspire account by working with two highly reputable and experienced financial companies who are leaders in their respective market sectors. The Aspire account is fully compliant with all UK regulations.

Financial Services and Visa Debit Card
Contis Group logo

The financial services and Visa Debit card are supplied by The Contis Group Ltd, who are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to issue e-money (Firm Reference Number: 900025) and are a Principal Member of Visa Europe.

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Foreign Exchange
GCEN logo

Global Currency Exchange Network are authorised and regulated by the FCA under the Payment Services Regulations 2009 & hold Part IV Permissions under the FSMA 2000. (Registration No 504346) GCEN is a Money Services Business regulated by HM Revenue & Customs under the Anti Money Laundering Regulations 2007.

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Contis Group logo

UniZest has devised a simple online application process that satisfies all of the AML (Anti Money Laundering), KYC (Know Your Customer), and other UK Regulatory Requirements.

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These are some companies that we are working with that provide services that you might find useful:

OptimumMove Logo

Move to the U.K. the easy way ! Quality student accommodations across the U.K. Save money on estate agent fees, exclusively through us.
Enjoy our services for international students – from visa application, airport pick-up, insurance and more.

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UK Student Adviser Logo

The UK Student Adviser is here to help you make the process of relocating to the UK for studies easy, hassle-free and simple. Our UK Student Adviser e-book has over 75 pages of key information that you need to know when coming to the UK.

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Click2Campus Logo

Click2Campus has been successfully providing products & services to the Higher Education sector for over 12 years; by pre-delivering their ‘essentials’, we ensure international students settle in as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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Contis Group logo GCEN logo VISA FedEx

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,

Email: info@unizest.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)207 205 2500




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