|Branch locations and contact details:|
|Barclays||54 Cornmarket St||0845 755 5555|
|Coventry Building Society||52 Between Towns Road, OX4 3LR||01865 718181|
|Halifax||22 Queen Street||0345 720 3040|
|HSBC||65 Cornmarket St||0345 740 4404|
|Lloyds||1-5 High St, Carfax||0345 602 1997|
|Nationwide||44 Queen Street||0345 266 0351|
|NatWest||43 Cornmarket St||0345 788 8444|
|Santander||Carfax. Santander House.||0800 085 1491|
|TSB||17 George St||0345 975 8758|
Headington & Cowley (East)
|Barclays||4 Pound Way, Cowley||0845 755 5555|
|Lloyds||1 Pound Way||0345 602 1997|
|NatWest||91 London Rd||0345 788 8444|
|HSBC||Prama House, Banbury Rd||08457 404 404|
|Lloyds||201 Banbury Road||0345 602 1997|
|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.
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 Compare the Market 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
Monzo Deposit PointsSome banks such as Monzo are branchless and so depositing money can be tricky. Monzo have partned with PayPoint and so all you have to do is use this tool to find your nearest store where you can deposit your money. Easy!
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 https://oxfordfx.co.uk/index.php/en/ 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.