Why is it a good idea to have an English bank account?

It’s safer than carrying large amounts of cash around
You can transfer money from abroad very easily
You can get cash easily from an ATM wherever you are in the UK

How can I open a bank account in England?

There are several banks at the beginning of Commercial Road precinct. Opening hours: 9.30am to 4.30pm for the main branches. Some open on Saturday mornings. Many of the branches close at 3.30pm – so be careful!
You will need a letter from LSI/IH Portsmouth to show at the bank that can be issued from Reception. Please complete this form and email it to reception@lsi-portsmouth.co.uk
You can also change traveller’s cheques and foreign currency at Thomas Cook (the travel agents) in the Cascades Shopping Centre in Commercial Road.