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Taking out money in the UK


We have lived in Belgium for 6 months now. Just trying to get our heads round the best way to get money for spending when in the UK. We're paid in euros so when we were in the UK recently we were taking out cash from a UK ATM from our Belgian bank account. Is it best to do this? Take out one large sum rather than several smaller ones? Or get pounds from a currency exchange in Brussels before you go. Advice and tips very welcome!


CM You don't need a UK address to have a UK bank account they just need to know you're real. If you opened it before you moved here usually not a problem to just put your address as here

Feb 28, 2017 08:32

CC_R unfortunately your information is about five years out of date. It's extremely difficult to open a UK account now, and if you can't prove residency it will be impossible.

Feb 28, 2017 09:32

One thing to watch out for. If you use a credit or debit card to buy things from shops the card machine often offers to charge you in Euros instead of Sterling.
In my experience you always get ripped-off by the bank if you choose Euros.

Feb 28, 2017 18:33

Take cash (in one withdrawal) from ATM's to use for buying small items. Try and use a credit card as opposed to a debit card, when paying with cards.
the costs are very low, incredibly they are actually lower than transferring between my Euro and sterling accounts in the same bank in the UK,

Jul 4, 2017 13:25