Student Arranged Overdraft

A little breathing space if
you're living on a tight
budget

Student life isn't exactly easy, so this could help

Interest-free overdraft up to £2,000 (£500 in first term)
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Ideal for short-term borrowing

Useful info about a Student Arranged Overdraft

When you apply for a Student Overdraft, we’ll give you up to a £500, interest-free overdraft in your first term (subject to approval). After that, you can apply to increase your limit up to £2,000 interest-free (subject to approval).

This means that you don’t need to pay any interest or fees as long as you stay within your arranged overdraft limit.

What you should know

Our Student Overdraft is a form of debt and is repayable on demand. Always make sure you have enough money in your current account, or a suitable Student Overdraft limit in place before any payments are due to come out of your account.

You can apply to increase your Student Overdraft up to £2,000 (subject to approval) after the first term of your first year of study. 

Increase my overdraft

When you graduate we’ll change your Student account to a Graduate account. This will happen in your graduation year and we’ll give you 60 days notice before we do this.

When your account changes to a Graduate account, the amount of your arranged overdraft that's interest-free reduces each year. This is to help encourage you to pay back any money you may have borrowed whilst studying. 

In the first year after you graduate you can get up to a £2,000 interest-free arranged overdraft.

In the second year of your Graduate account, you can still have an overdraft of £2,000, but only the first £1,000 will be interest-free.

In the third year after you graduate you will automatically move onto a Select account and your arranged overdraft will no longer be interest-free.

Find out more about Graduate Overdraft

How to apply online

What you'll need

You’ll need your Digital Banking Log in details and your address history from the last 3 years.

How long will it take

The application takes about 5 minutes and you'll know if you've been accepted or not straight away.

Your overdraft limit

If your Overdraft is approved Mon – Thur before 5.30pm, it will be available the next working day. Anytime after this - up to 2 working days.

Ready to apply?

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Do you have a UK Student bank account with us?

Do you have Royal Bank digital banking?

Great! As we already know a bit about you, applying should be straightforward. Now for the important legal stuff.

To apply online, you must meet these requirements

  • You're aged 18+
  • You've been living in the UK for at least 3 years
  • You've not been declared bankrupt over the past 6 years

Important Information

Please take some time to review, print and/or save the important information. By clicking that you're ready to continue, you are confirming that you have been provided with, and acknowledge our important documents. You also agree that you’ll receive your statements in a paperless format. We'll send you an email when your statements are ready to view in Digital Banking.

How your information might be used

It's important for you to understand how we use and share your information.  Please read this short summary before you continue with your application.

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To apply for a Student Overdraft online you need to be registered for Digital Banking

Our Student Overdraft is only for customers who have our UK Student bank accounts. Want to take a look?

Our Student Overdraft is only for customers who have our UK Student bank accounts. Want to take a look?