Student Bank Account

Our student current account is easy to open and is designed to help students with their finances whilst studying at university. With an optional interest-free overdraft (subject to application, approval and repayable on demand), you can be safe knowing you have the tools to manage your finances.

Why choose the Student Bank Account?

  • Receive 5% AER /4.89% gross variable interest on balances up to £500, paid by the 10th working day of each month*
  • Optional interest-free overdraft up to £1,500 to help you budget during your studies. Your overdraft starts at £500 for the first six months, then you can apply to increase it to £1,000 in months seven to nine, and up to £1,500 from month ten. Subject to application, approval and repayable on demand.
  • Quick and easy application to take the hassle out of banking
  • To help spread the cost of large outgoings, such as new books, you can apply for a Student Credit Card
  • The Student account is covered by the TSB Fraud Refund Guarantee (Conditions apply).
  • Apple Pay and Google Pay are available with this account.
  • Manage your current account online with our mobile app and Internet Banking 

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** Overdrafts are available subject to status and lending criteria and are repayable on demand.

To have a Student Account you must be 17 or over (18+ including overdraft), have been a resident in the UK for at least three years and be studying for a full time course that lasts for a minimum of two years or be on a one year access course leading onto a full time degree.

If you haven't been living in the UK for at least 3 years, for example if you are an International Student, see our other bank accounts.

Student Bank Account FAQs

To qualify for TSB’s student bank account, you:

  • Must be 17 or over (or 18+ to qualify for the overdraft)
  • Must have been a UK resident for at least three years
  • Must be studying for a full-time course which lasts a minimum of two years or be on a one-year access course leading onto a full-time degree.

You don’t need to wait until you start your course to apply for a student bank account. You can apply for one as soon as you receive your UCAS confirmation letter. You can also apply for a student bank account once your course has begun.

With TSB’s student overdraft, you can get:

  • £500 in the first six months
  • £1,000 in months seven to nine
  • Up to £1,500 from month ten.

Having a student overdraft will appear on your credit report. However, if you stay within the authorised limit, it shouldn’t negatively affect your score. You will also be required to repay the student or graduate overdraft fully. Read our helpful credit rating guide for more information about your credit score and how it works.

If you go over your overdraft limit, into an unauthorised overdraft, you can be charged interest on the whole amount borrowed.

A payment taking your balance over the overdraft limit may even be unsuccessful. This can result in you being charged a returned item fee to the company you were unable to pay.

Once you graduate, you can turn your student bank account into a graduate bank account. You can have a graduate bank account for up to three years following your graduation. The optional overdraft remains interest-free for the first three years, up to £2,000.

Whilst you are studying, your overdraft remains interest-free. After you graduate the loan will remain interest-free for another three years, under the graduate bank account. After this period however, you will be required to pay interest on your overdraft if you are still in it.

If you are studying full-time for a master's degree or PHD, you can qualify for, or extend, your student bank account.

Rates and charges

It's important that you understand how your account works.

You can find all the documents relevant to this account in the Important Documents section. Rates and charges can be found within the Banking Charges Guide.

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Telephone Banking

You can call our automated Telephone Banking service on 03459 758 758.

Use this quick service to:

  • check your balance and recent transactions
  • pay your bills
  • transfer money
  • check your Direct Debits or standing orders

And you can speak to one of our advisers if you have a more complex query between 8am – 8pm Monday to Sunday.

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These services are available if you are over 16.

Your TSB Visa debit card is an amazing piece of plastic. Accepted in millions of places and cash machines worldwide, it's incredibly convenient. It's just as safe to use abroad as at home, so it's a simple alternative to carrying cash.

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In your first year of studies you can apply for an interest free Arranged Overdraft up to £1,500 (subject to application and approval). Starting with £500 for the first six months. You can then apply to increase it to £1,000 in months seven to nine and from month ten up to £1,500 – helping you to manage your spending over your first year.

Our Grace Period means that you have until 10pm (UK time) to pay enough money into your account to avoid any Overdraft interest that we may charge that day. The money needs to be immediately available to use, so you could transfer money from another account you have with us by Mobile Banking, Internet Banking, Telephone Banking, paying in cash over the counter in branch or transferring the funds from another provider.

Our Retry Periods mean that if you don’t have enough money in your account to allow us to pay Direct Debits, cheques, standing orders and future dated payments, we’ll give you extra time to put money into your account to allow us to make these payments. 

For Direct Debits and cheques, we’ll try to take the payment:
  • Shortly after midnight on the due date or next working day
  • Again after 2.30pm that same day
For standing orders and future dated payments, we’ll also try a third time shortly after midnight the net working day after we first tried to make the payment. 
The money needs to be immediately available to use, so you could transfer money from another account you have with us by Mobile Banking, Internet Banking, Telephone Banking or by paying in cash over the counter in a branch. If you do deposit enough money into your account to meet the payment that you wish to make, the payment will be made and you won’t incur a Returned Item Fee.
If you don’t have enough money in your account to pay a standing order three times in a row, we’ll cancel it. For example, if you have a monthly standing order and don’t have enough money to pay it three months in a row, we’ll cancel it after this happens.

To help you balance your finances you can apply for a TSB Student Credit Card with a minimum limit of £500 Representative 19.9% APR variable (subject to status and being 18 years or over). You'll get up to 56 days interest free on purchases if you pay off the balance in full every month by the payment date shown on your statement.

You’ll need to have had a TSB Student account for at least three months and have a regular income before you can apply for a TSB Student Credit Card


For tips on how to manage your money see our Savvy Student guides which include useful advice and guidance about how to manage your money whilst at university and beyond.

On 14 April we launched our Fraud Refund Guarantee. This is a first in UK banking. And it goes further to cover TSB customers against fraud than anything that has come before it. Put simply, it means that if you’re clearly an innocent victim of fraud on your TSB account, we will refund the money you lost from your account.

Find out more here

Valid from 14/04/2019. No refund if customers are involved in committing the fraud or repeatedly ignore account safety advice. Guarantee limited to £1 million per claim for authorised transactions. Conditions apply.

There may be lots of different reasons you might need to bank with us differently, either in the short term, or on a continuing basis. It could be because of your physical or mental wellbeing, or because of a life event you’ve experienced. Whatever the reason, we are committed to tailoring our support to your personal needs.

If you choose to tell us about your individual support needs, we will take the time to understand your circumstances and work with you to make sure you have the support you need when banking with TSB. We can add a Support Indicator to your account, which means whenever you talk to us, we'll be aware that you may need tailored support.

Account Opening is subject to our assessment of your circumstances. You must be 17 or over and a UK resident to apply. Interest paid monthly.
Overdrafts are subject to application and approval and are repayable on demand.
*AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate and tells you what the interest rate would be if it was paid as only one payment, once each year. Gross rate is the agreed rate of interest payable to you before the income tax is deducted at the rate specified by the law.
Text alerts are free but your mobile operator may charge for some services. Please check with them.
We don’t charge for your use of Mobile Banking but your mobile operator may charge for some services, please check with them. Mobile Banking is available on most internet enabled mobile devices. Services may be affected by phone signal and functionality. You must be registered for Internet Banking. Terms and conditions apply.

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