Banks compete with each other to get your attention, so don't just choose the one with the best free gift.
- See what services and support they offer, plus how they'll treat you in various financial situations.
- As an undergraduate student you'll normally get an interest-free overdraft – so as long as you stay within the limit of your overdraft you'll not be charged for using it.
- Make sure there's a branch of the bank nearby your campus or accommodation.
- Check MoneySavingExpert's advice on top student bank accounts.
Things to be wary of
Be careful with credit cards and store cards.
- Although handy if you're in a difficult situation, you risk being charged interest which can mount up quickly.
- If you do use them make sure you can pay them off at the end of the month so you don't get into debt.
Check your overdraft limit.
- When these aren't interest-free they offer an amount of money you can borrow at a set level of interest.
- If you go over that limit the extra charges can be really high.
Opening a student bank account?
If you're applying through UCAS Undergraduate, using your UCAS status code will make the process quicker and easier. Find out more.