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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. There is a non-exhaustive list of the banks based in Ipswich and a list of eligibility requirements to open an account. 

Once you’re here our Student Life Team offer a range of money-advice services that will help you manage your finances and funding whilst studying. Our team can offer one-to-one appointments with a student finance adviser - make an appointment if you need support managing your money.

We’re also partnered with Blackbullion which offers financial guidance 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.

Further funding information.

Scholarships and bursaries:

From 2021, the University of Suffolk will offer a range of EU Scholarships providing alternative financial support in the absence of student loans. The amount of this scholarship will vary on the course you are applying for, but it is intended to bring your fee into line with the fee paid by UK students. You will be automatically assessed for your eligibility for this scholarship and it is not necessary to make an applciation. This will apply for the duration of your course with the scholarship discount being applied each year to your tuition fee.

If you’re an EU national (currently residing outside the UK) please check our EU scholarship page for further information.

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 2021. 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.  

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