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You can do most of your banking at the Post Office
All major high street banks, including Santander, allow you to make many transactions in Post Office branches, so if you’re local Santander branch is closing and a Post Office branch is nearby, this may be useful to you.
If you can get to a Post Office, you can:
- Withdraw cash from your usual bank account using your card
- Pay cash into your usual bank account using a card or paying-in slip
- Check your bank balance using your card
- Deposit a cheque using a paying-in slip (though Nationwide customers can’t do this)
You’ll usually be able to use the services above exactly as if you were at your local bank branch. However, when paying in a cheque, note that the money will typically take a day longer to arrive in your account than it would if deposited at a bank branch.
You also won’t be able to access other services usually offered in bank branches. These include:
- Opening new products
- Setting up standing orders
- Reporting a lost or stolen card
- Getting personalised advice
See our Little known ways to bank at the Post Office blog for more information.