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Opening a bank account and financial advice

If you are looking to open a bank account here in Ipswich, there is a wide array of choice as an EU or international student. To view a non-exhaustive list of the banks based in Ipswich, and the eligibility requirements to open an account, please view the information we’ve prepared here

Once you’re here our Student Services Team offer a range of money-advice services that will help you manage your finances. Our team offer a free, impartial and confidential service with one-to-one appointments with a dedicated advisor. If you’d like to book a session, you can do so here 

We’re also partnered with Blackbullion which offers financial advice on their online platform. All Suffolk students can access Blackbullion for free, and it’s a great aid for students in all things related to student finance and budgeting. Blackbullion has specific modules and advice for international students so you should find this really useful.

For any further financial advice, you can contact

Scholarships and bursaries:

The University of Suffolk is pleased to offer scholarships to the value of £1,500 to all EU nationals who enrol onto an undergraduate degree in 2019/20. The scholarship will be paid across the first and second year of study.  The scholarship is usually available to all our EU students but take a look at our webpage to ensure you’re eligible. The application process is quick and simple so make sure you’ve submitted by 12 October in order to receive your first instalment by the end of the month.

If you’re an EU national (currently residing outside the UK) you should be eligible to claim our EU scholarship. To check your eligibility and complete the application form, please see here.

The University of Suffolk will also be offering a Travel Bursary up to the value of €200 to EU nationals who will be starting their studies with us in September 2019. The Travel Bursary is designed to support students with the cost of travelling to the UK to start their studies. Students are required to book and pay for their transport to the UK before a claim can be made. Successful claimants will be able to claim back their full transport costs up to the value of €200. Please see here for more details

If you’re an international student, the scholarship process is slightly different. You’re also entitled to a scholarship to the value of £1,500 but will be awarded the first part of your scholarship as a tuition fee discount. However, please follow the link below and complete the form to ensure that you receive the second part of your scholarship when you study with us in Year 2.

International Scholarship