Student bank account

A student bank account that offers more

More than just a student bank account

Choose between 1 of 3 great offers from either an Amazon Prime Student membership, National Express Coachcard or tastecard

If you're looking for the best mobile banking app, look no further. We've won 'Best Banking App' in 2017 and 2018 

Apply for a £500 interest free student overdraft for Term one, and have the option to increase up to £2000 

Pick a perk!

Upgrade your downtime. Choose 1 of our 3 great offers to make student life just that little bit easier.

Take a look at the offers below. After you open your account you can pick your fav.

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Amazon Prime Student

Stream movies, box sets and music, plus get unlimited One-Day Delivery on millions of items with a 1 year Prime Student membership and £10 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card*. Over 18s only. *Restrictions apply, see www.amazon.co.uk/gc-legal.
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National Express Coachcard

Travel for less with 1/3 off fares, ideal for visiting friends and family. Plus 15% off travel to events and festivals. Valid for 4 years

tastecard

Dine out and get 50% off food or 2 for 1 meals. Plus save on entertainment, including the cinema. Valid for 4 years. Smartphone required

What you get

Easy to use Mobile Banking app

Access and manage your money on the move. Our Mobile Banking app is good it was voted by our customers as the 'Best British Banking App' two years in a row.

Mobile Banking app in detail

So what makes our mobile banking app so good? You can...

  • Easily transfer money between accounts
  • Log in with your fingerprint on selected Apple and Android devices. 
  • Quickly pay flatmates or someone new using their mobile number (as long as they have our mobile app or are registered for Paym). Limits apply.
  • Get cash without your card. If you’ve left without your wallet simply go to any NatWest, Royal Bank or Tesco cash machine and follow the steps in the app. You can withdraw  up to £130 every 24 hours.
  • Give your accounts fun nicknames so you know which one is which
  • Personalise your mobile app log in with your own greeting or motivational quote!

More about our Mobile Banking app

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

Android fingerprint is available on selected Android devices. 

TouchID is available on selected Apple devices.

Interest free Overdraft

Apply for an interest free Student Overdraft with a limit of up to £500 in your first uni term, and up to £2,000 after that.

Overdraft in detail

An Overdraft is a short-term way to borrow and can be a really useful way to help you with uni life.

An Arranged Overdraft means we’ve approved extra funds for you, which are available on your current account. You can apply for an Arranged Overdraft within the Student account application form. Or at a later date by visiting Student Overdrafts.

You need to be 18 or over and have lived in the UK for 3+ years to apply for an Overdraft. Overdrafts are not available to International Students. 

More about Student overdrafts

Contactless Visa Debit card

Use your contactless debit card in a fast, easy and secure way to pay for purchases of £30 or less like a coffee, lunch or travel.

Contactless Visa Debit Card in detail

Pay quickly and securely for amounts of less than £30. Just look for the contactless symbol, then touch your card against the reader. Simple as that! You can also pay contactless by using Apple Pay or Google Pay

Are you an International Student?

International student account info

There is a £10 monthly fee for our international student account. It will automatically come out of your account every month.

International students can also choose from one of the following offers:

Stream movies, box sets and music, plus get unlimited One-Day Delivery on millions of items with a 1-year Prime Student Membership, plus a £10 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card*.

Travel for less with 1/3 off fares with a National Express Coachcard, plus 15% off travel to events and festivals. Valid for 4 years.

Dine for less with 50% off food or 2 for 1 meals at thousands of UK restaurants with tastecard, plus get savings on cinemas, hotels and more with tastecard+. Valid for 4 years

*Restrictions apply, see www.amazon.co.uk/gc-legal. 

You can also access our Mobile and Online Banking and get a debit card. However, this international student account does not come with an overdraft or a contactless debit card.

Take a look at our range of bank accounts. Our Select bank account has no monthly fee and comes with some great features to help you manage your money. Or you might want to see our Foundation account

Our Student bank account is only available online, that means you can apply at your own convenience with no need to book a branch appointment. We will contact you by email if you need to upload any additional documents online.

Ready to apply? Start your application here.

  • For EU students - you will need an EU passport, EU ID card and a UCAS or university letter. You can also use an EU driving licence if you don't have a passport or an ID card.
  • For non EU nationals - you will need a passport and student VISA, a Biometric Resident Permit and a UCAS or university letter. 

To be eligibile for one of the three offers you need to bank with us digitally, that means opening your accont online, registering to online banking and selecting paperless statements.

Remember that you will also need to provide us with a valid email address so we can email you with details of how to choose your offer. 

Open your student bank account online

Bank digitally

Open our student account online and register for online banking & paperless statements.

Have ID ready

If you have your ID ready your account will be opened quicker. Remember that you will also need proof that you are a student.

Provide your email

We'll need a UK mobile number and valid email address so we can complete your application and contact you about your choice of offer.

I'm ready to apply

Are you a...

Are you a...

Submit your ID and proof of student status online

ID - Please apply using your permanent UK address if it's different to your term time address. 

Student Status - The simplest way to prove your student status is to enter your UCAS Status Code into the application form - this is a 16 digit code emailed to you by UCAS. If you have misplaced this email please contact UCAS who will reissue within 24 hours.

And now for the important legal stuff...

To open this account you must be living in the UK and:

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

Registered for Online Banking and paperless statements

Important Information

Please take some time to review the important information. By clicking to proceed you are confirming that you have been provided with, and have acknowledged our important documents including the FSCS information sheet.

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.

Are you ready to continue?

Great! Let's get started…

What would you like to do today?

As we already know you, this shouldn't take long at all.

We’ll need your 16 digit UCAS Status Code; this will have been emailed to you by UCAS, and your sort code and account number.

And now for the important legal stuff...

To open this account you must be living in the UK and:

Completing a full-time undergraduate course that lasts at least 2 years or completing a full time post graduate course or

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

Registered for Online Banking and paperless statements

Important Information

Please take some time to review the important information. By clicking to proceed you are confirming that you have been provided with, and have acknowledged our important documents including the FSCS information sheet.

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.

Are you ready to continue?

Great! Let's get started…

As we already know you, we can help you complete the application form

If you use Online Banking we can help speed up your online application by pre-filling your personal information. If not, don’t worry, we’ll just need to re-confirm a few details with you.

We’ll also need your 16 digit UCAS Status Code; this will have been emailed to you by UCAS.

And now for the important legal stuff...

To open this account you must be living in the UK and:

Completing a full-time undergraduate course that lasts at least 2 years or completing a full time post graduate course or

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

Registered for Online Banking and paperless statements

Important Information

Please take some time to review the important information. By clicking to proceed you are confirming that you have been provided with, and have acknowledged our important documents including the FSCS information sheet.

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.

Are you ready to continue?

One last question…

Do you have NatWest Online Banking?

Great! Let's get started…

Great! Let's get started…

How to submit your proof of student status online

The simplest way to prove your student status is with one of the following:

University confirmation letter

Student visa

Student Biometric Residency Permit

UCAS status number (if you've applied directly through UCAS)

And now for the important legal stuff...

To open this account you must meet these requirements

You have lived in the UK for less than 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

Registered for Online Banking and paperless statements

Important Information

Please take some time to review the important information. By clicking to proceed you are confirming that you have been provided with, and have acknowledged our important documents including the FSCS information sheet.

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.

Are you ready to continue?

Great! Let's get started...