HSBC targets international students

| September 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

HSBC is targeting international students moving to the UK this September with its Passport current account.

Potential customers can open the account without providing proof of address such as utility bills, which can take months to get hold of.

The account - which costs £8 per month - includes a fully functional Visa debit card, and 24-hour access to money.

“Around 15 per cent of the students in the UK come from overseas and many of them have difficulty settling in,” said Skye MacFarlane, HSBC’s senior international manager.

“Getting a bank account is one of the most important things you must do when you move abroad, but it can also be among the most difficult and time consuming.

“HSBC Passport was designed to help students relocate, allowing them to focus of their studies.”

A range of benefits are packaged with the account, including free relocation advice from red24, a Globetalker SIM card preloaded with £10 credit from TalkMobile, and free calls to HSBC telephone banking.

“Many international students are forced to get by for weeks or months using their overseas credit cards or organising money transfers to friends or family,” MacFarlane said.

“This can be expensive and a real hassle.

“HSBC Passport alleviates this stress for our new to UK customers and makes settling into your new home a whole lot easier.”

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