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Housemate

Split bills, not hairs

What is Housemate?

Having to share your space with friends, roommates - or even random strangers - is normal when you're renting. So our new bill splitting app, Housemate, is here to help smooth out some of the problems that might crop up when sharing expenses.

 

If you have an eligible UK bank account, Housemate can help make payments easier using Open Banking and even help you plan for the future by recognising your rent payments to build your history with our partner Experian.

We're here for every housemate

For the one who likes to keep on top of things

Open Banking lets you connect most UK bank accounts to our new app

For the one who needs to write everything down

Whether you’re apart of a shared household, a student house share or a roommate, keep on top of things with automated reminders and easily split bills

For the one who usually sorts out ‘who’s paying what’

Make splitting shared household bills and rent a piece of cake and avoid any disagreements with housemates

For the one who plans for the future

Get recognition for your rent payments and build your history with our partner Experian.

Ready to get Housemate, the bill splitting app?

Simply download Housemate on Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iOS). Register and invite your housemates in the time it takes to make a cuppa!

How does Housemate work?

Settle up

Settle up seamlessly

Housemate balance helps you stay on top of ‘who owes who’ with one complete list of transactions – especially useful if you’re on a tight budget. An easy way to settle up rent, bills or household costs with the entire house, or to pay just one person you live with.

Clear record

Have a clear record with housemates

Our app keeps things clear and simple. You can add expenses straight from your bank account, see your transaction history and if anyone you live with needs an *ahem* gentle cue to pay up – our GIF reminders will save you from nagging.

Build for the future

Build for the future

You can build up your history with our partner Experian when you register your rent payments with Housemate (this feature is currently only available in England and Wales). This will not directly improve your credit score but it can help lenders identify you if you apply for credit. We’ve got a ‘Credit score checklist’ on the app that contains key actions that you can take to improve your score so you could get on that property ladder sooner.

Link your bank

Link your bank

We use Open Banking to ensure that you and your housemates get the full Housemate functionality, regardless of who you bank with, so long as they’re Open Banking enabled; most banks are. Whether it’s in-app payments to each other or syncing your latest transactions, everyone is an equal in our house.

Your Credit History

What is it?

Your credit history contains all the information held on how you’ve managed credit in the past. Your credit score is a numerical representation of your credit file and predicts the likelihood that you’ll pay your credit on time in the future. 

Why does it matter?

The more comprehensive your credit history and in turn score, the more likely you are to be accepted for a wide range of financial products such as loans, mortgages, credit cards and other common household bills including phone and energy contracts. 

How could Housemate help?

Using Housemate will not directly improve your credit score but it can help build your history with our partner Experian. Our rent recognition feature allows you to share your rent payments with Experian (currently only available in England & Wales). The more data you have in your credit file, the more likely it is that lenders will be able to identify you if you apply for credit.

Important documents to read

Please take some time to review the Housemate privacy notice and terms & conditions.

Housemate privacy notice

Your right to privacy and online security is important. This privacy notice applies to all personal information processing activities carried out by the NatWest Housemate App.

Housemate terms & conditions

By registering and using Housemate you’re agreeing to be bound by these terms, together with our Privacy Policy, so it’s important that you read them before you accept them.

Helpful guides

Whether you’re about to rent for first time or thinking about buying your own place, we’ve got useful tips to help you on your way.

Student living

Did you know rent is the biggest expense facing students in the UK? Luckily, we have tips to help you sort your budget.

Key renting considerations

It’s always good to know what’s ahead of you. Learn more about renting, from costs and fees to knowing your rights.

Becoming a homeowner

It’s a big step but we have everything you need to know. From saving for a deposit to stamp duty to the mortgage application process.

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