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£80 cash and a free 4 year tastecard

Open a Student bank account

Why apply for our Student bank account?

    Given the success of our last offer, we are launching a new offer of £80 and a 4-year tastecard worth £39.99 per year*. T&Cs apply.

    Interest-free overdraft up to £2000 (£500 in first term) with an instant online decision.

    Withdraw up to £130 without your card every 24 hours at our ATMs (as long as it’s within your daily withdrawal limit, criteria applies).

    You can switch using the Current Account Switch Service.

    No monthly fee.

    *Cost based on lowest price offer available direct from tastecard. Correct as of 05/09/22

     

Are you an international student?

If you’ve lived in the UK for more than 3 years, you can apply for our Student account. If not, then you’re recognised by us as an international student and are not eligible for our Student account. See our current accounts hub for other options. 

Hassle free banking with our mobile app

App available to customers aged 11+ with compatible iOS and Android devices and a UK or international mobile number in specific countries.

Student bank account offers

Offer available until 15th December 2022.

Student offer

Get £80 in cash.

An annual tastecard, worth £39.99 per year* letting you enjoy 2 for 1 or 50% off your food bill at thousands of UK restaurants and discounts at the cinema with a tastecard membership. Valid for 4 years. Smartphone required.

To receive your tastecard and £80 in cash you need to register for Mobile or Online Banking and choose to receive paperless statements within 30 days of opening your account. Offer T&Cs apply.

*Cost based on lowest price offer available direct from tastecard. Correct as of 05/09/22

Understanding overdrafts

An overdraft is a form of short term borrowing and is repayable on demand. If you don't repay what is owed, you could harm your credit score and borrowing capability. Understand the cost and impact of overdrafts and use our eligibility checker to find out if you’re likely to be approved below.

Switch to NatWest

The Current Account Switch Service will do all the work when it comes to switching, moving everything across from your old account to your new account all within 7 working days, including Direct Debits and standing orders. All you need to do is tell us the details of your old bank account and when you want the Switch to start.

We can not switch savings accounts or ISAs through this service. Any other products you have with your old bank will not be moved at the same time.

Current Account Switch Guarantee (PDF, 39KB)

A Guide to Switching Current Accounts (PDF, 3MB)

How does the Current Account Switch Service work?

Student FAQs

Get ready to apply

Before you apply, we need to check you're happy with a few things. And ask you a few questions up front. Then we can make your application as quick and simple as it can be.

First things first. You can apply if you are:

aged 17 or over and a UK Citizen, or have been living in the UK for at least 3 years

completing a full-time undergraduate course that lasts at least 2 years or completing a full-time postgraduate course, or

training as a nurse at a UK university or college of higher education

completing a course that has already started, or is starting within the next 6 months.

Now please take a look at the important legal stuff

How your information might be used

It's important for you to understand how we use and share your information. Please read this short summary before you continue with your application.

All okay? You’re nearly ready to start.

To speed up your application for our Student account, we need to do a few final checks with you. They'll only take a minute.

Do we already know you?
Let us know if you are:

You're all set

Your application will be completely online, as part of our checks we'll ask our partner HooYu to confirm your identity using; 

  • A Liveness check, a short video to compare your photo ID
  • Photo ID, which must be a Passport, UK or EU/EEA Driving Licence or an EU/EEA National ID card
  • Proof of your address, such as a utility bill, bank statement, driving license, UCAS letter, Student Finance letter or a letter from your University​
  • Proof of your UK student status, such as: UCAS 16 digit code, UCAS letter, letter from your University, and many more.
Have you lived in the UK for:

You're all set

Your application will be completely online, as part of our checks we'll ask our partner HooYu to confirm your identity using; 

  • A Liveness check, a short video to compare your photo ID
  • Photo ID, which must be a Passport, UK or EU/EEA Driving Licence or an EU/EEA National ID card
  • Proof of your address, such as a utility bill, bank statement, driving license, UCAS letter, Student Finance letter or a letter from your University​
  • Proof of your UK student status, such as: UCAS 16 digit code, UCAS letter, letter from your University, and many more.

Sorry, you can't apply for this account

Sorry, we can't offer you the account you applied for.

You can view our full range of accounts and apply for suitable one.

What would you like to do today?
Do you know your Online Banking details?
If you log in to Online Banking we can pre-fill some of the application for you.

You’re all set

You’ll need a few bits of info for your application:

  • Photo ID, which must be a Passport, UK or EU/EEA Driving Licence or an EU/EEA National ID card
  • Proof of your address, such as a utility bill, bank statement, driving license, UCAS letter, Student Finance letter or a letter from your University​
  • Proof of your UK student status, such as: UCAS 16 digit code, UCAS letter, letter from your University, and many more.

You’re all set

You’ll need a few bits of info for your application:

  • Photo ID, such as Drivers licence or Passport
  • Proof of your address, such as a utility bill, bank statement, driving license, UCAS letter, Student Finance letter or a letter from your University​
  • Proof of your UK student status, such as: UCAS 16 digit code, UCAS letter, letter from your University, and many more.

You're all set

During the application, you'll need:

  • The account number and sort code of the account you want to change
  • Proof of your UK student status, such as: UCAS 16 digit code, UCAS letter, letter from your University, and many more.

You’re all set

You’ll need a few bits of info for your application:

  • Photo ID, such as Drivers licence or Passport
  • Proof of your address, such as a utility bill, bank statement, driving license, UCAS letter, Student Finance letter or a letter from your University​
  • Proof of your UK student status, such as: UCAS 16 digit code, UCAS letter, letter from your University, and many more.

Other ways we could help

How much will I spend as a student?

When you’re setting out on your student life, it can be tricky to know how much day-to-day living will cost. Our guide can help you there.

Compare current accounts

If you’re still thinking about which type of account is right for you, don’t worry. We could help you make the right choice.

Build your budget

Not sure where your money goes each month? Want to save a little more? We can help you with our budget calculator.