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Student Bank Account

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Student Account

 

To apply, you need to be aged 17 or over and permanently resident in the UK.

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To apply you must be aged 17 or over & completing a full-time undergraduate course that lasts at least 2 years; completing a full-time post-graduate course; or training as a nurse, at a UK university or college of higher education. If you want to apply for the Arranged Overdraft too, you'll need to be aged 18 or above and a permanent UK resident (ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years or more)

Go big and go home with 1/3 off coach travel for 4 years

When you open a Student Account with us, you can benefit from a free National Express Young Persons Coachcard, valid for 4 years (when you sign up to online banking and select to receive paperless statements), which gives you:

  • 1/3 off standard adult coach fares in the UK with National Express
  • 10% off travel to festivals and events in the UK, including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festival and England football matches at Wembley Stadium. Visit nationalexpress.com/events for more information.
  • 10% off coach fares to lots of great European destinations with Eurolines
  • National Express have dedicated coach stops on 20 university campuses in England and Wales taking you right to your Uni experience.
  • 1/3 off standard adult fares with Hovertravel and Scottish Citylink services when booked through National Express

To get yours, all you need to do is:

  1. Sign up for online banking
  2. Once you have signed up, select to receive paperless statements.

Once you have done this, you will receive your Coachcard within 5 working days.

Now that's #Uniproof!

Find out more about your Coachcard
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An interest-free overdraft, there when you need it

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You can get more flexibility with an interest-free arranged overdraft, just in case you need a bit of a safety net between bills going out and payments coming in. You can apply for up to £500 in term 1 and up to £2,000 after that.

Overdraft applications are subject to approval, you must be over 18 and be a permanent UK resident to apply.

Find out more about our Student Overdraft

You must use your NatWest Student Account as your main current account by paying in at least £750 every 6 months and make at least 3 debit transactions every month. If you stop using your account as your main current account then the interest rate you pay on your Arranged Overdraft reverts to the standard rate which applies to the Select Account. Arranged Overdrafts are repayable on demand.

 

Banking at your fingertips

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Make use of our online and mobile banking services to:

  • login to mobile banking using your Touch ID registered fingerprints. This option is available to iPhone 5S and 6 users with the latest iOS operating system
  • withdraw money without your card using Get Cash (from NatWest, RBS and Tesco ATMs). All you need to do is select the amount, and we'll provide you with a secure code which you can use straight away
Find out more about the mobile app

Online Banking is available to NatWest account holders aged 11 and over. App available on selected smartphones, to NatWest customers with online banking and a UK mobile number. Please note that you must be signed up for online banking in order to use the NatWest mobile app.

Mobile payments just got easier

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Apple Pay is here

Apple Pay is the new, easy and secure way to pay using your NatWest debit or credit card.

Use Apple Pay in store (iPhone 6 or Apple Watch) and within apps (iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3).

Apple Pay is available on selected personal current accounts and NatWest MasterCard credit cards.

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Apple Pay is here

Apple Pay is the new, easy and secure way to pay using your NatWest debit or credit card.

Use Apple Pay in store (iPhone 6 or Apple Watch) and within apps (iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3).

Apple Pay is available on selected personal current accounts and NatWest MasterCard credit cards.

More about Apple Pay

Pay someone securely without a card reader up to £250

You can now pay someone new up to £250 using an account number and a sort code. No need to set up a new payee in Online Banking or rummage around for your card reader.

Important information

  • The payment details will not be saved.
  • You must be aged over 16 and have available funds to send from your account (including any overdraft facility).
  • There is a maximum limit of £250 payments  per working day, which is separate  from daily withdrawal and Get Cash limits. You can make up to 4 payments per working day.  

This feature is available on Android, iPhone and Blackberry10.

 

Paying a person from your list of saved payees

You can also make payments to anyone from your list of payees, whose details you have saved within Online Banking. Just select 'Payments' and scroll through the names to select the correct person, type the amount and click send. The money will leave your account instantly!

Please note that to make payments to your saved payees within the mobile app you will need to make the first payment to that person through Online Banking using your card reader.

Payments are available on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry10 and Windows. This feature is also available on our iPad app.

 

Moving money between accounts

We’ve made transferring money on the app really easy. Open it up, choose the account you want to move money from, select the Transfers option and then choose which of your accounts you want to transfer the money to. Type the amount and let us take care of the rest.

Transfers are available on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry10 and Windows. This feature is also available on our iPad app.

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Pay someone securely without a card reader up to £250

You can now pay someone new up to £250 using an account number and a sort code. No need to set up a new payee in Online Banking or rummage around for your card reader.

Important information

  • The payment details will not be saved.
  • You must be aged over 16 and have available funds to send from your account (including any overdraft facility).
  • There is a maximum limit of £250 payments  per working day, which is separate  from daily withdrawal and Get Cash limits. You can make up to 4 payments per working day.  

This feature is available on Android, iPhone and Blackberry10.

 

Paying a person from your list of saved payees

You can also make payments to anyone from your list of payees, whose details you have saved within Online Banking. Just select 'Payments' and scroll through the names to select the correct person, type the amount and click send. The money will leave your account instantly!

Please note that to make payments to your saved payees within the mobile app you will need to make the first payment to that person through Online Banking using your card reader.

Payments are available on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry10 and Windows. This feature is also available on our iPad app.

 

Moving money between accounts

We’ve made transferring money on the app really easy. Open it up, choose the account you want to move money from, select the Transfers option and then choose which of your accounts you want to transfer the money to. Type the amount and let us take care of the rest.

Transfers are available on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry10 and Windows. This feature is also available on our iPad app.

Pay Your Contacts

Pay your friends with their mobile number

The app can send money to your friends using their mobile number instantly - even if they’re customers of other banks! Open your Mobile app, click on the ‘Pay Your Contacts’ option, enter their mobile number, the amount you want to pay them and add a personal message.

 

Paying another Natwest mobile app user

If the person you’re paying is a NatWest mobile app user, they’ll receive a text to let them know you have made a payment to them and the money will be in their account instantly.

 

Paying a friend who is registered for Paym

If the person you’re paying is registered for the Paym service, they’ll receive a text to let them know you have made a payment to them and the money will be in their account instantly - even if they are a customer with another bank!

 

Not sure if your friend is registered for either?

If you are not sure if your friend is register for either, don't worry, our Pay Your Contacts service will work out the fastest method for you.

If we can't send the payment via our NatWest app or the Paym service we will send it via Visa Collection. They just need to have a valid UK Visa debit, credit or prepaid card and a UK mobile. We’ll send them a text message to let them know the money is waiting, and a link to click. Separately, you will have to let them know how much you've sent them. When they follow the link in the message, enter their Visa card number and the amount they’re expecting from you, we’ll deposit the money in their account within 3 days.

Once we’ve notified your contact, they have seven days to collect a payment. And we’ll send you a text message when they’ve collected the payment and your balance has been debited.

Some important information

Pay Your Contacts lets you send maximum payment of £250 a working day, which is separate from daily withdrawal and Get Cash limits, to someone aged 16 and over with a UK mobile number and

  • a NatWest Mobile Banking app
  • or registered for Paym with their own bank
  • or a valid UK Visa debit, credit or prepaid card. 

Pay Your Contacts is available for NatWest customers on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry10 and Windows.

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Pay Your Contacts

Pay your friends with their mobile number

The app can send money to your friends using their mobile number instantly - even if they’re customers of other banks! Open your Mobile app, click on the ‘Pay Your Contacts’ option, enter their mobile number, the amount you want to pay them and add a personal message.

 

Paying another Natwest mobile app user

If the person you’re paying is a NatWest mobile app user, they’ll receive a text to let them know you have made a payment to them and the money will be in their account instantly.

 

Paying a friend who is registered for Paym

If the person you’re paying is registered for the Paym service, they’ll receive a text to let them know you have made a payment to them and the money will be in their account instantly - even if they are a customer with another bank!

 

Not sure if your friend is registered for either?

If you are not sure if your friend is register for either, don't worry, our Pay Your Contacts service will work out the fastest method for you.

If we can't send the payment via our NatWest app or the Paym service we will send it via Visa Collection. They just need to have a valid UK Visa debit, credit or prepaid card and a UK mobile. We’ll send them a text message to let them know the money is waiting, and a link to click. Separately, you will have to let them know how much you've sent them. When they follow the link in the message, enter their Visa card number and the amount they’re expecting from you, we’ll deposit the money in their account within 3 days.

Once we’ve notified your contact, they have seven days to collect a payment. And we’ll send you a text message when they’ve collected the payment and your balance has been debited.

Some important information

Pay Your Contacts lets you send maximum payment of £250 a working day, which is separate from daily withdrawal and Get Cash limits, to someone aged 16 and over with a UK mobile number and

  • a NatWest Mobile Banking app
  • or registered for Paym with their own bank
  • or a valid UK Visa debit, credit or prepaid card. 

Pay Your Contacts is available for NatWest customers on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry10 and Windows.

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Our award-winning Student Account service

Manage your finances with our award-winning online and mobile banking services.

 

Today’s students expect a bank account that comes with a cutting-edge online banking function, and increasingly they want a mobile banking app on top. NatWest provides just that, offering a sleek, user-friendly and innovative digital proposition, both online and via its mobile app and text alerts. Coupled with an interest-free £2,000 overdraft this makes the NatWest student proposition award-winning

Paula John, Your Money magazine editor-in-chief

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Not just a Student account

From our interest-free overdraft, to our Student Credit Card, we have a range of student products to help you become #Uniproof.

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Your Student Account also comes with a range of benefits, aimed at helping you during your time at university.

Find out more about your Student Account benefits

Feel rewarded with Cashback Plus

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Going out and needing a new outfit?

Why not get rewarded for socialising by using your NatWest Visa debit card at participating retailers? Make sure you sign up before September 30 to earn a minimum of 1% of your spend on qualifying purchases back as Rewards. Over 18s only.

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See what students are spending in the UK

See the results of the Student Living Index 2015 and learn how much students across the UK are spending on everyday essentials. 

 

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What you need to apply for the Student Account

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To open your Student Account online, you will need proof of ID, like a UK Passport, proof of address, such as a utility bill (dated within the last six months), and proof of student status, like a letter from UCAS.

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Important information about our Student Account

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To apply, you need to be aged 17 or over and permanently resident in the UK.

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