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
  • Barclays logo

    Barclays Current Account with Blue Rewards

    • Get double cash rewards for a year when you switch and join Barclays Blue Rewards. Offer valid only with full switches using the Current Account Switch Service before 29/06/18.
    • Get £14 each month for banking with Barclays and joining Barclays Blue Rewards (£7 for each of your first 2 Direct Debit payments and extra cash rewards on selected products for 12 months.
    • Earn an enhanced rate of cashback with over 150 retailers and Expedia when shopping through Barclays.
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      0%
    • Switching Incentive
      None
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      £800
    • Monthly Fee
      £3

    Interest details

    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account
    • Rewards details:
    • Get £7 every month (£3.50 for each Direct Debit payment) and extra cash rewards on selected products:
    • £5 each month for having your mortgage with Barclays
    • Up to £3 each month when you take out or renew buildings or contents cover with Barclays
    • Subject to eligibility.

    Overdraft details

    • Arranged overdraft fees:
    • 75p a day up to £1,000
    • £1.50 a day from £1,000 to £2,000
    • £3 a day from £2,000 and above
    • Unarranged overdraft fees:
    • Barclays' Monthly Maximum Charge for Personal Current Accounts is £32. This includes: a maximum of 4 Unpaid Transaction Fees (£32 cap). Barclays' Monthly Maximum Charge for Personal Current Accounts with Emergency Borrowing is £67. This includes: a maximum of 7 Emergency Borrowing Fees (£35 cap) and a maximum of 4 Unpaid Transaction Fees (£32 cap). It doesn't include charges for using an arranged overdraft or the cost of packs for customising your account.
  • 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
  • Barclays logo

    Barclays Bank Account

    • Personalised debit card
    • Award-winning online and mobile banking
    • Earn cashback when you shop online and in-store through Barclays with over 150 retailers
    • 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:
    • 75p a day up to £1,000
    • £1.50 a day from £1,000 to £2,000
    • £3 a day from £2,000 and above
    • Unarranged overdraft fees:
    • Barclays' Monthly Maximum Charge for Personal Current Accounts is £32. This includes: a maximum of 4 Unpaid Transaction Fees (£32 cap). Barclays' Monthly Maximum Charge for Personal Current Accounts with Emergency Borrowing is £67. This includes: a maximum of 7 Emergency Borrowing Fees (£35 cap) and a maximum of 4 Unpaid Transaction Fees (£32 cap). It doesn't include charges for using an arranged overdraft or the cost of packs for customising your account.
  • 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
  • Royal Bank of Scotland logo

    Royal Bank of Scotland 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
    • Unplanned Overdraft Fee £8.00 / Daily. Charged on unarranged overdrafts greater than £10 (maximum of £72 in any charging period). Monthly maximum charge for all unarranged fees: £80
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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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