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How to Open a Bank Account

How to open a bank account

The Hong Kong banking system is modelled upon the British system. The majority of banks are open Monday to Friday and on Saturday morning. There are two banks on Main Campus, with details as follows:



G/F, Run Run Shaw Building, Main Campus

Tel: 2233 3000

Mon – Thu: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sun: Closed


Bank of East Asia

Shop P0030, G/F, Centennial Campus

Tel: 3609 1812

Mon – Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sat & Sun: Closed

Documents for opening a savings account:

  • Passport/travel document
  • Student card and letter of admission to HKU
  • Proof of your permanent address in your own country (e.g. original bank statement in English/Chinese, issued in the last three months, latest driving license in English/Chinese) and/or proof of your current address (a letter from office of student residences, tenancy agreement, etc.)
  • Introducer or referee letter from home country’s bank in English/Chinese (if any)
  • Hong Kong Identity Card (if any)



  1. Banks may require additional documents in opening of account or reject applications of persons from certain countries. Please allow more time to process your bank account.
  1. Students under 18 must be accompanied in person by their parent(s) or legal guardian to open a bank account at one of our local banks. The University is not able to act as your guardian in this context.


You will also find it convenient to have an ATM (Automated Teller Machine) card in order to withdraw money. The HSBC ATM card can be used interchangeably in the hundreds of ATMs located in MTR stations, branches of HSBC and the Hang Seng Bank throughout Hong Kong (look out for the ETC sign). There is an annual charge for the ATM card. There are also hundreds of ATMs under the JETCO system located throughout the territory. There are a few ATM machines on campus, respectively located at the Haking Wong Podium, Run Run Shaw Podium and on Centennial Campus.