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Settling in


It is advised to research banking options before you arrive.  Many of the bank in the UK are larger international banks which can make it easier for you to transfer. In order to fund a back account or to make payment, you are likely to need to exchange your home currency into pounds. Doing this is fairly easy nevertheless it is a good idea to keep an eye on the exchange rate you might get.

If you want to open a bank account, the bank might ask you for proof of identity, address and employment. To get a letter of proof of employment please email For more information please click here.

Driving in the UK

When relocating to the United Kingdom you may wish to commute by car. You might be able to drive in the United Kingdom with your non-UK licence. To check whether you are able to drive with your driver licence in the United Kingdom click here.

Alternatively you will need to exchange your driver license or have to learn how to drive.

In addition, it is essential to get vehicle insurance if you chosen to drive a car. In the UK insurance is compulsory, you must at least insure you vehicles at the level of third-party liability, unless you have declared the car 'off the road'. It is advised to look at several comparing sites when looking at insurance, the previously stated comparison sites can also be used for car insurance.

Language Training

You might wish to improve your English Language skills. The Skills Centre at the University of Bath offer a 10-week course to improve your vocabulary, grammar and develop your reading, listening speaking and writing skills. For more information please click here.

The University of Bath also offers other languages as Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Please click here for information.  

Staff Social

The University has a social space to share ideas, ask questions and get feedback with other colleagues across the University and around the world. Yammer is also used to sell and buy products/goods and can function as a marketplace. You will need a University account and password to be able to login. Please find the link to yammer here