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Free Current Accounts

No fee current accounts

Generally speaking, a free current is a type of bank account that is advertised with no subscription charges or fees for customers. Although the majority of high street banks may typically offer this type of account to customers, it is recommended to shop around and compare current accounts as much as possible in order to find the best deal available.


As part of a free current account, customers can expect many of the same benefits and features that may be commonly included with most other current account subscriptions. Including:

 

  • Free online and telephone banking for ease of access
  • Overdraft facilities (some providers offer interest free overdrafts up to a certain amount)
  • A cash card and cheque book
  • Direct debit facilities for setting up bill payments etc


The tables below show a selection of current accounts that are available right now:

Latest Current Account Deals
 AccountInterest (AER)Overdraft RateFunding Required*Fee pmFeaturesApply
5.0%*0% for 12 months£1,000 per monthN/A5.0% IN-CREDIT INTEREST on balances up to £2,500 for the first year.More Info >

Nationwide FlexDirect Current Account

  • *5.0% AER fixed (4.89% gross pa) in-credit interest on balances up to £2,500 for the first 12 months
  • No monthly account fee
  • Paperless statements 
  • Visa Debit card and chequebook option
  • Manage your account online, by phone or in branch
  • Mobile app
  • No fees on arranged overdrafts for the first 12 months 
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Overdraft charge of 50p per day after the first 12 months
  • Must pay a minimum of £1,000 into the account each month, from an external source (i.e. not another Nationwide account)
3.0%*0% for first £250No minimum £133.0% INTEREST on balances up to £2,500More Info >

Nationwide FlexPlus Current Account

  • *3.0% AER fixed (2.96% gross pa) in-credit interest on balances up to £2,500 
  • £13 monthly account fee
  • No fees on arranged overdrafts up to £250  
  • UK & Europe Breakdown Cover
  • Worldwide family travel insurance  
  • Free mobile banking app, text alerts and secure online banking
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Overdraft charge of 50p per day after the first 3 months
  • 0% interest on balances over £2,500 

 

1.50%*Up to £3 per day£500 per month£5 pm*1.50% AER (variable) on your entire balance up to £20,000. Up to 3% cashback on household bills.More Info >

Santander 123 Current Account

  • *1.50% AER (variable) payable on your entire balance up to £20,000
  • Up to 3% cashback on household bills - 1% on water, council tax bills and Santander mortgage payments, 2% on gas and electricity bills, and 3% on mobile phone, home phone, broadband and paid-for TV packages
  • Visa Debit Card
  • Mobile app
  • Must be 18 or older and a UK resident
  • Interest and Cashback only available when you set up at least two eligible Direct Debits 
  • Monthly fee of £5
  • Must pay a minimum of £500 into the account each month
N/A0% for first 3 monthsNo minimum N/A3 months interest-free overdraft and no monthly account feeMore Info >

Nationwide FlexAccount Current Account

  • Everyday current account
  • No monthly account fee
  • No fees on arranged overdraft for first 3 months
  • Free mobile banking app
  • 0% interest on any balance 
  • 18.9% EAR overdraft charge after the first 3 months (capped at maximum £5 per month)
  • Must be 18 or older

 

N/A0% for first £250No minimumFree if funding £1,000 or £10 below £1,000Switch your current account and you'll get a free gift worth up to £150. £250 interest free overdraft. Free banking if paying over £1,000 per month. Satisfaction guarantee - £100 if you leave within 6 monthsMore Info >

First Direct 1st Current Account

  • A current account that works together with your life
  • Switch your current account and you'll get a free gift worth up to £150
  • £250 free of overdraft interest
  • Comes with satisfaction guarantee - if you leave within 6 months you'll get £100
  • Mobile banking on the go with app
  • Beautifully designed Internet Banking service
  • Award winning customer service from real people answering your calls, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Switch using the Current Account Switch Service and deposit £1,000 within 3 months of account opening. Account T&Cs apply
  • Must pay a minimum of £1,000 into the account each month to qualify for free banking and offers

Generally speaking, fee free accounts will provide only basic services. If you want additional services many banks now charge a monthly or annual fee.


If you are considering switching from your existing bank to a new free current account, it is recommended to weigh up your options and compare current account offers from several different providers in order to find the best deal available.