UCI International Center

Banking in the U.S.

Section 1

There are several banking options located near or at UCI. Below is some information to help you manage your money during your stay in the U.S. Most banks in the U.S. will have the option to transfer funds from your home country to the U.S.


It is common to use credit cards and checks in the U.S. If you plan to open a U.S. bank account once you arrive, it is best to open an account with a bank or credit union so that you are able to access cash if needed. 

Most banks are open Monday-Friday, and some banks open for a short period on Saturdays. Most accounts that are opened with a U.S. bank account come with an ATM "Automatic Teller Machine" card so that you are able to visit an ATM machine and access cash in your account. We do not recommend carrying large amounts of cash with you for your safety.

There are two main types of bank accounts: checking accounts, which allows for easy access to cash and the ability to write checks, and savings accounts, which offer a place to keep money and earn interest.

Local Branches

The table displays the banking location nearest to UCI, all of the branches below have multiple locations in the U.S.

Name of BankAddressWebsite
Bank of America 2600 San Miguel Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 https://www.bankofamerica.com/
Chase Bank 4543 Campus Drive, Irvine CA 92612 https://www.chase.com/
Citibank 5000 Birch Street, Newport Beach, CA 92660 https://online.citi.com/US/login.do
Schools First Federal Credit Union
UCI Student Center, A311 Student Center, Irvine, CA 92697
Wells Fargo 18044 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92612 https://www.wellsfargo.com/
U.S. Bank 4100 Newport Place Drive, Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 92660 http://www.usbank.com/index.html

The following branches have a Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) on the UCI campus for more convienient banking: Bank of America, Chase Bank, Schools First Federal Credit Union, and Wells Fargo.

Wire Transfers

If you need to have money sent to UCI for payment of tuition/fees from an overseas bank account, you may access information on the UCI Financial Services site, and review 'International Payments'.