Compare Current Accounts

  • Compare the latest current accounts available from the major high street banks and internet providers with our handy comparison table.
  • Compare up-to-date information on account features and benefits to find the best current account for your needs.

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Nationwide FlexDirect
  • 5% AER (4.89% gross p.a.) fixed in-credit interest on balances up to £2,500
  • 12 month fee-free arranged overdraft available*
  • No monthly fee
  • NatWest logo

    NatWest Reward Account

    • 2% back in Rewards on 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit
    • On average NatWest customers earn £83 in Rewards per year. Based on monthly bills of £345 excluding the monthly £2 fee
    • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until the 31st of August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply.
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      0%
    • Switching Incentive
      None
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      None
    • Monthly Fee
      £2

    Interest details

    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account

    Overdraft details

    • Arranged overdraft fees:19.89% EAR (variable) and a monthly Usage Fee of £6 on all arranged overdrafts
    • Unarranged overdraft fees:If you enter an Unarranged Overdraft by more than £10, you will be charged an Unarranged Overdraft Usage Fee of £6 for each day you remain in that position, capped at £90 per charging period.
  • NatWest logo

    NatWest Reward Platinum Account

    • 2% back in Rewards on 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit.
    • On average NatWest customers earn £83 in Rewards per year. Based on monthly bills of £345 excluding the monthly £19 fee.
    • Includes many lifestyle benefits such as Worldwide multi trip travel insurance and UK car breakdown cover. Ts & Cs apply.
    • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until the 31st of August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply.
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      0%
    • Switching Incentive
      None
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      None
    • Monthly Fee
      £19

    Interest details

    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account

    Overdraft details

    • Arranged overdraft fees: No interest paid on first £250. 19.89% EAR (variable) and a monthly Usage Fee of £6 on all arranged overdrafts above £250
    • Unarranged overdraft fees: £6 for each day on which there is an Unarranged Overdraft of more than £10 (Subject to a maximum of £90 in any charging period)
  • RBS logo

    RBS Reward Account

    • 2% back in Rewards on 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit
    • On average customers earn £83 in Rewards per year. Based on monthly bills of £345 excluding the monthly £2 fee
    • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until the 31st of August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply.
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      0%
    • Switching Incentive
      None
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      None
    • Monthly Fee
      £2

    Interest details

    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account

    Overdraft details

    • Arranged overdraft fees: 19.89% EAR (variable) and a monthly Usage Fee of £6 on all arranged overdrafts
    • Unarranged overdraft fees: If you enter an Unarranged Overdraft by more than £10, you will be charged an Unarranged Overdraft Usage Fee of £6 for each day you remain in that position, capped at £90 per charging period.
  • RBS logo

    RBS Reward Platinum Account

    • 2% back in Rewards on 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit.
    • On average customers earn £83 in Rewards per year. Based on monthly bills of £345 excluding the monthly £19 fee.
    • Includes many lifestyle benefits such as Worldwide multi trip travel insurance and UK car breakdown cover. Ts & Cs apply.
    • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until the 31st of August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply.
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      0%
    • Switching Incentive
      None
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      None
    • Monthly Fee
      £19

    Interest details

    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account

    Overdraft details

    • Arranged overdraft fees: No interest paid on first £250. 19.89% EAR (variable) and a monthly Usage Fee of £6 on all arranged overdrafts above £250
    • Unarranged overdraft fees: £6 for each day on which there is an Unarranged Overdraft of more than £10 (Subject to a maximum of £90 in any charging period)
  • NatWest logo

    NatWest Select Account

    • Bank anywhere with our mobile app
    • 24-hour telephone banking and Online banking
    • Get Emergency Cash
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      0%
    • Switching Incentive
      None
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      None
    • Monthly Fee
      Free

    Interest details

    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account

    Overdraft details

    • 19.89% EAR (variable) and a monthly Usage Fee of £6 on all arranged overdrafts
    • Unarranged Overdraft Usage Fee of £6 per day. This is then capped at £90 per charging period.
  • Nationwide logo

    Nationwide FlexPlus

    • 3% on balances up to £2,500
    • 3 month fee-free overdraft
    • Includes worldwide travel insurance, mobile phone insurance, breakdown cover and extended warranty
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      3%
    • Switching Incentive
      None
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      None
    • Monthly Fee
      £13

    Interest details

    • 3% on balances up to £2,500
    • No interest on balances over £2,500

    Overdraft details

    • Arranged overdraft fees: 0% for the first 3 months
    • 50p per day on balances over £100 thereafter (the first £100 of your arranged overdraft is free)
    • Unarranged overdraft fees: 50p per day on balances up to £10
    • £5 per day on balances over £10 and are capped at £50 per month
    • First time fee refund - Nationwide will refund the first overdraft fees you incur
  • Nationwide logo

    Nationwide FlexAccount

    • No monthly fee
    • 3 month interest-free arranged overdraft available
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      0%
    • Switching Incentive
      None
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      None
    • Monthly Fee
      Free

    Interest details

    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account

    Overdraft details

    • Arranged overdraft fees: 0% for the first 3 months (conditions apply)
    • 18.9% EAR (variable) thereafter
    • Unrranged overdraft fees: 18.9% EAR (variable)
    • For every payment that is NOT made over and above your reserve limit, you'll be charged an unpaid transaction fee of £15
    • The total sum of fees (including any paid/unpaid transaction fees) is capped at £75 per statement month
  • First Direct logo

    First Direct 1st Account

    • Choose a welcome gift worth up to £150
    • £250 interest free overdraft
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      0%
    • Switching Incentive
      Choice of gift worth up to £150
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      None
    • Monthly Fee
      £10

    Interest details

    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account

    Overdraft details

    • 0% EAR up to £250
    • 15.9% EAR over £250

    Switching incentive details

    • Switch and recieve your choice of:
    • Tech:
    • Bose wireless earphones
    • Bose wireless over-ear headphones
    • Fitbit Charge 2 Special Edition
    • Polaroid Onestep 2 i-type camera and film pack
    • Amazon Echo Spot
    • Travel:
    • £150 Expedia voucher
    • Education/Learning:
    • Choice of 250+ online courses
  • Nationwide logo

    Nationwide FlexDirect

    • 5% AER on balances up to £2,500 for the first 12 months (conditions apply)
    • Fee-free overdraft for 12 months (subject to approval)
    • No monthly fee
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      5%
    • Switching Incentive
      None
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      £1,000
    • Monthly Fee
      Free

    Interest details

    • 5.00% AER (4.89% gross p.a.) for in-credit balances up to £2,500 (fixed for the first 12 months) if you pay in at least £1,000 per month.
    • After the first 12 months the rate reverts to 1.00% variable.
    • No interest on balances over £2,500.

    Overdraft details

    • Arranged overdraft fees: 0% for the first 12 months
    • 50p per day on balances over £10 thereafter (the first £10 of your arranged overdraft is free)
    • Unarranged overdraft fees: 50p per day on balances up to £10
    • £5 per day on balances over £10 and are capped at £60 per month
    • First time fee refund - Nationwide will refund the first overdraft fees you incur
  • Santander logo

    Santander 123 Current Account

    • 1% cashback on water and council tax bills and on your Santander monthly mortgage payments (up to maximum of £1,000)
    • 2% cashback on gas and electricity bills and on Santander home insurance premiums (policies administered and underwritten by Aviva Insurance Limited)
    • 3% cashback on mobile, home phone, broadband and paid for TV packages
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      1.5%
    • Switching Incentive
      None
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      £500
    • Monthly Fee
      £5

    Interest details

    • 1.50% AER/1.49% gross (variable) interest on your entire balance up to £20,000

      Cashback Details
      To get cashback on your household bills and interest on your balance, just follow these steps:
    • · Pay at least £500 into your account each month - any interest paid and payments between Santander personal accounts you're named on won't count towards this
    • · Have at least two active Direct Debits - you'll receive cashback on any qualifying household bills you pay by Direct Debit

    Overdraft details

    • You could get a 4 month fee-free Arranged Overdraft when you switch to us. (Overdrafts are offered depending on your circumstances.)
    • The Arranged Overdraft Usage Fee will depend on the amount you use:
    • Below £2,000 - £1 a day
    • £2,000 to £2,999.99 - £2 a day
    • £3,000 and over - £3 a day
    • Unarranged Overdraft Usage Fee - £6 per day
  • Santander logo

    Santander 123 Lite Current Account

    • 1% cashback on water and council tax bills and on your Santander monthly mortgage payments (up to maximum of £1,000)
    • 2% cashback on gas and electricity bills and on Santander home insurance premiums (policies administered and underwritten by Aviva Insurance Limited)
    • 3% cashback on mobile, home phone, broadband and paid for TV packages
    • 5% cashback on eligible purchases made before 30 September 2017 using Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      0%
    • Switching Incentive
      None
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      £500
    • Monthly Fee
      £1

    Interest details

    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account

      Cashback Details
      To get cashback on your household bills, just follow these steps:
    • · Pay at least £500 into your account each month - any interest paid and payments between Santander personal accounts you're named on won't count towards this
    • · Have at least two active Direct Debits - you'll receive cashback on any qualifying household bills you pay by Direct Debit
    • · Log on to Online or Mobile Banking at least once in every three months

    Overdraft details

    • You could get a 4 month fee-free Arranged Overdraft when you switch to us. (Overdrafts are offered depending on your circumstances.)
    • The Arranged Overdraft Usage Fee will depend on the amount you use:
    • Below £2,000 - £1 a day
    • £2,000 to £2,999.99 - £2 a day
    • £3,000 and over - £3 a day
    • Unarranged Overdraft Usage Fee - £6 per day
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More about current accounts

A current account is what you might call an everyday bank account. It's best used to hold the money that you spend on a regular basis - either on day-to-day living costs or usual household bills.

Your common-or-garden current account will provide you with a debit card which you can use with cash machines and in the shops, the ability to automatically pay out direct debits and standing orders and the option to administer your account in branch, over the Internet or via telephone. To credit the account you either pay in cash, transfer from another account or receive regular income like wages and pensions.

Some current accounts offer cheque books, others overdraft facilities which you can use to borrow a small amount in the short term. How much depends on your credit rating, as will the interest rate that you'll pay while in the red.

Helpful links for current account issues

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) - The UK financial regulator's website features lots of useful information for banking customers covering everything from knowing your rights to how to stop unauthorised payments.

Financial Service Compensation Scheme (FSCS) - The FSCS is the best place to find out if your bank is covered by the compensation scheme and for advice on making a claim.

Financial Ombudsman Service - If you've complained to your bank and are still having ongoing problems then the Financial Ombudsman is the next step - their website covers everything you need to know about making a complaint.

Money Advice Service - The government's Money Advice Service provides unbiased advice on choosing, opening and managing a current account.

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