Bank accounts

Foundation account

No monthly fee

Our basic Foundation bank account

This account might suit you if you’re not eligible for any of the other accounts you apply for. It's a basic account to help you manage your money. To see whether you're eligible for this type of current account you need to first apply for one of our other accounts like our Select bank account.

Our Select bank account has no monthly fee, and has an option to apply for an Arranged Overdraft, it also comes with a contactless debit card. If you don’t meet the criteria for the Select account we may offer you the Foundation account instead. 

To see if you are eligible for our Foundation account:

  1. Apply online below for our Select account
  2. During the application process if the Foundation account will better suit your needs we will let you know within your application

Product features…

Everyday support

You can set up text alerts and manage Direct Debits in a convenient way to pay for household bills or memberships to gyms etc.

Everyday support in detail

What are text alerts?

Text alerts are a really useful way of keeping tabs on your money. You can get a text alert to let you know when your balance is about to go below a certain limit, or to let you know what your balance is at a specific time.  You can set them up when you fill in the online application form or in our Mobile Banking app. 

Mobile Banking app

Our Mobile Banking app is available to Online Banking customers with a UK or international mobile number in specific countries.

Mobile Banking app in detail

Log in with your fingerprint on selected Apple and Android devices– it’s simple, secure and fast.

View, cancel and amend your regular payments – so you manage your bills where and when it suits you. Limits apply.

Easily pay family and friends using their mobile number – Pay Your Contacts is quick and easy (as long as they have our mobile app or are registered for Paym) and they’ll get the money instantly. Limits apply.

Get cash without your card – Ideal if you’ve left your card at home. Simply go to any NatWest or Tesco cash machine and follow the steps in the app. You can withdraw up to £130 every 24 hours.

That’s only half the story. Find out what else you can do with our award-winning app.

More about our Mobile Banking app

24/7 banking

Access your account wherever, whenever.

24/7 banking in detail

Because we all lead busy lives, we've made it easy for you to access your account whenever it suits you, through our Online Banking or our Mobile Banking app. Alternatively call one of our UK call centres, available 24 hours a day.

Visa Debit card

Make purchases. Withdraw cash.

Visa Debit card in detail

Use your Visa Debit card to pay for purchases in shops and online, travel, meals out, coffees etc. You must have the money available in your account before using your card.

Emergency Cash

If your debit card is lost or stolen, our Emergency Cash service makes sure you can get your money from our cash machines or ATMs (Limits apply).

Emergency Cash in detail

How does it work?

Just call us and we’ll send you a code that lets you withdraw the cash you need.

If you’re an online or telephone banking customer, you can access up to £300.

If you’re not registered for these services, you can still get £60 to tide you over.

What you need to know

You will need to have the money in your account in the first place to withdraw it. You'll need at least £20 in your account to use the Emergency Cash service.

Keeping your money safe

When you call us, so we know it’s you, we’ll ask some security questions. We’ll then provide you with a code that allows you to withdraw your money from any NatWest cash machine.

How to apply online

Have ID ready

It should only take a few minutes, especially if you have your ID documents handy.

Start your application

You can apply online now. You'll start the Select bank account form and if you're eligible you'll be offered the Foundation account during the application process.

How long will it take

You should be able to complete the online application within an average lunch break.

To open the Select bank account you must meet these requirements, otherwise we may offer you the Foundation account instead.

Aged 18+ and a UK resident

Have not been declared bankrupt over the past 6 years

Please review the important legal stuff:

By clicking continue you’re confirming that you’ve been provided with, and have acknowledged our important documents, including the FSCS information sheet. By proceeding with your application you also agree that you’ll receive your statements in a paperless format. We'll send you an email when your statements are ready to view in Online Banking.

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.

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