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Request a Bank Letter

It is normal for banks to require evidence that you are a registered student before permitting you to open a student bank account. This evidence can be provided in the form of a standard letter from the University confirming your permanent address, term time address and registration status. The letter is normally addressed to the student so it is important that you check that your permanent and term time addresses are correct on our records before you request a letter.

What do I need to provide?

If you require a letter for Banking purposes, we must have the name and branch of the Bank your wish to use. Banks also require us to quote your home and term-time address on the letter.

Therefore, please take the opportunity to ensure that the details on your student record are up to date, particularly your term time address as we will not issue letters for banking purposes for addresses not on our database. If you have recently changed address please provide us with the changed information by completing the Change of Address form before you proceed with your application. 

How can I apply for a Bank Status Letter?

A Bank Status Letter can be requested online using the Request an Official Certification Letter form. Normally Bank Status Letters can be prepared within 3 working days from the receipt of the application and will be posted to you at your term time address. However, due to the large demand at the start of term a letter is likely to take at least 5 working days to be processed.

You must have fully completed all elements of your enrolment at SOAS before we can provide any Official Certification Letters.

If you have any enquiries concerning your request, please email: registrar@soas.ac.uk