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HSBC or Barclays?

I´m a foreigner in the UK and I need to open a bank account. I wanted to choose an international one, I don´t know if HSBC or Barclays would be the best.
Any ideas on this?

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  • izoolsizools Forumite
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    Unequivocally and absolutely HSBC, every time.
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  • pmdukpmduk Forumite
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    HSBC are generally regarded as more helpful in these circumstances. I doubt whether most Barclays staff would know the procedure.
  • grumblergrumbler Forumite
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    Mammal wrote: »
    ...I wanted to choose an international one,...
    What are you implying by 'international'?

    Do you have any proofs of your UK address?
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  • Having accounts with both of these banks, I can wholeheartedly recommend HSBC. Barclays have been, quite honestly, useless. Only thing I use them for now is my ISA.
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  • grumbler wrote: »
    What are you implying by 'international'?

    Do you have any proofs of your UK address?

    Yes, I am working as an au pair in the UK and my hostmother gave me proof of address.

    When I say international I mean a bank that is present oversees, which might be useful for travelling as well.

    It seems like everyone thinks HSBC is the best. What does this bank have that barclays hasn´t?.
    Also, is there HSBC in Spain? (That is my country of origin).
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    This might be helpful : http://www.hsbc.es/1/2/esp/es/home
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  • grumblergrumbler Forumite
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    Mammal wrote: »
    When I say international I mean a bank that is present oversees, which might be useful for travelling as well.
    I have never found it useful. I find it much more useful to have a debit and/or a credit card that doesn't charge you for overseas transactions, including ATM withdrawals.

    We are born naked, wet and hungry...Then things get worse. :(

    .withdrawal, NOT withdrawel ..bear with me, NOT bare with me
    .definitely, NOT definately ......separate, NOT seperate
    should have, NOT should of
    .....guaranteed, NOT guarenteed
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