|Branch locations and contact details:|
|Barclays||54 Cornmarket St||0845 755 5555|
|37 Little Clarendon St||0845 755 5555|
|95 High St||0845 755 5555|
|The Co-operative Bank||13 New Road||01865 244010|
|Coutts||120 High Street||01865 389039|
|Coventry Building Society||18 New inn Hall Street||01865 242794|
|Halifax||1 Westgate||01865 447512|
|HSBC||65 Cornmarket St||08457 404404|
|Lloyds||1-5 High St, Carfax||0845 300 0000|
|Nationwide||19 Queen Street||01865 440900|
|NatWest||32 Cornmarket St||0845 301 9797|
|121 High St||0845 301 9799|
|Royal Bank of Scotland||32 St. Giles||01865 310200|
|Santander||Carfax||0845 765 4321|
|1 George Street||0845 765 4321|
|TSB||17 George St||0345 975 8758|
Headington & Cowley (East)
|Barclays||105 London Road, Headington||0845 755 5555|
|4 Pound Way, Cowley||0845 755 5555|
|Coventry Building Society||133-135 London Road, Headington||01865 765747|
|Templars Square Shopping Centre||01865 718181|
|HSBC||108 London Road, Headington||08457 404 404|
|Lloyds||87 London Road, Headington||0845 300 0000|
|NatWest||Brookes campus||01865 742162|
|Santander||Clerici Building, Brookes campus||0845 765 4321|
|116 London Road||0845 765 4321|
|TSB||Templars Square Shopping Centre||0345 975 8758|
|Barclays||211- 213 Banbury Road||0845 755 5555|
|HSBC||Prama House, Banbury Rd||08457 404 404|
|Lloyds||203 Banbury Road||01865 741400|
|NatWest||249 Banbury Road||0845 308 7758|
|Santander||276 Banbury Road||0845 765 4321|
|Barclays||Hinksey Court, Botley||0845 755 5555|
|HSBC (né Midland)||Midland House, West Way||08457 404 404|
|Lloyds||19 The Square, Botley||01865 242917|
|NatWest||Elms Court, Botley||0845 300 7804|
Getting The Best Deal
Visit www.moneysupermarket.com and be amazed by the amount of hard work they've done in order to enable you to compare the merits of various financial services. Insurance, banking, credit cards, pensions, all have been examined to help you make an informed choice. Recommended. A similar service is offered by www.moneyextra.com, should you wish to delve even deeper.
Reclaiming Bank Charges
Some people have recently been successful in claiming back penalty charges from banks on the grounds that these are illegal. Details on the process can be found on the Which website. Please note that not having tried this ourselves, we do not necessarily recommend this course of action, but merely suggest that further investigation may be fruitful.
Checking your credit rating
If you need to establish your credit rating www.checkmyfile.com can help you so to do. Their "free stuff" is relatively unhelpful, but for a fee you can establish how you are likely to be thought of by large financial institutions. A similar service (among others) is provided by www.experian.co.uk, who will supply your credit reference file for free.
Finding an ATM - wherever you are
Link provides a locator to find your nearest ATM. Investigate on a map or enter a postcode to find your nearest: www.link.co.uk
Visit www.thisismoney.co.uk to conveniently calculate every kind of financial equation: VAT, currency exchange, tax, interest rates, the effects of inflation, and how to cut bills. You can even get a set of lottery numbers generated for you!
Enter any sort of a value at www.metric-conversions.org and with one click all the complicated formulae are done for you. Lots of fun stuff too.
When it comes to meatspace conversion of actual physical money, we are told that Senli Cash & Go in the Tourist Information Centre on Broad Street has 'the best exchange rates in town', and operates on a no fee, no commission basis. It has a helpful website at www.cash2go.senli.co.uk and can be reached by phone on 01865 203319 or fax on 01865 245901.
For advice about taking money abroad, the Lonely Planet guide is most informative about arrangements in different countries. Go to www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide and select the area you're visiting.