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Wherever life after university leads you

In the middle of all this change, one thing you don’t want to worry about is banking. That’s why our Graduate Bank Account offers you benefits, rates and services designed to make the move from study to a career that much easier.

To be eligible, you'll need to provide proof that you're a recent graduate.

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It’s quick and easy to apply online.

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At a glance

  • Get up to £1,500 interest-free in your first year and up to £1,000 in your second year after graduation. 1
  • Earn more on your savings
    Enjoy an attractive savings rate with a Regular Saver account, one of our highest earning savings accounts.
  • Manage your accounts on the go
    Access your money 24/7 through online, mobile and phone banking. 2

What else is included?

  • Set up text alerts
    Keep track of your account balance and large withdrawals and deposits.
  • Pay your mates quickly and easily with Paym
    You just need their number and our Mobile Banking app.
  • Get a Visa debit card
    Withdraw up to £300 a day and make contactless payments.

Access to savings accounts

Build up a nice little nest egg. As a Graduate Account customer you can open a Regular Saver and Loyalty ISA. So as well as working for your future, you can save for it too.

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Free British Cycling Fan membership

Get priority access and discounts off major UK cycling events with your free fan membership (worth £25). Plus, save 10% at Halfords and Evans Cycles. T&Cs apply. 3

Explore British Cycling Fan membership

Things you should know

Overdrafts and unarranged overdrafts

An overdraft lets you borrow money on your current account. An arranged overdraft is where we agree an overdraft limit with you. This can help in months when you have extra expenses. 

An unarranged overdraft is when you make a payment that takes your account over your arranged limit or overdrawn when you don’t have an arranged overdraft in place.

We’ll always consider an unarranged request and make the payment if we can. Unarranged overdrafts may incur higher fees and result in declined transactions. We report account activity, including overdraft usage, to credit reference agencies. An unarranged overdraft lasting more than 30 days could have a negative impact on your credit rating.

Overdrafts are not suitable for long-term borrowing and usually result in interest and other fees.

If you take an arranged overdraft, you can later ask us to increase, reduce or remove your limit at any time online, by phone or in a branch.

If you end your overdraft you’ll have to repay any overdrawn amount and any interest owed. If you want to reduce your limit, you’ll first need to make sure you bring your borrowing down within the new limit.

To find out more, visit our overdrafts page where you can find out if you’re eligible and overdraft cost calculator.

Overdraft charges after you graduate

You may be eligible for an overdraft facility, of which £1,500 will be interest-free during your first year and £1,000 in your second year after graduation (subject to status and how your account has been used).

Any arranged overdraft above these amounts will be charged interest at 19.9% EAR variable. 5

Representative example: 1st year 0% EAR variable on the first £1,500, 2nd year 0% EAR variable on the first £1,000 and 19.9% on the rest.

Overdraft text alerts

If you’re going to go overdrawn, we provide a couple of tools to help make sure you know about it.

If you try to make a withdrawal at any HSBC cash machine that would take you over your arranged overdraft limit, you'll get an on-screen alert to let you know how much money you have available to withdraw.

We’ll send you overdraft text alerts if you’ve used or are due to use an arranged or unarranged overdraft on your account. This is to help you monitor your usage and let you know what action you can take to avoid interest and fees.

If you don't provide your UK mobile number or let us know when you've changed it, we won't be able to send you these text alerts.

You can opt out of the arranged or unarranged texts at any time by phone, or by going into a branch.

Charges for using your debit card abroad

If you pay for something using your HSBC Visa debit card while you’re outside the UK, you’ll need to pay a ‘non-sterling transaction fee’ of 2.75%. So, for example, if you spent £100, you'd be charged a fee of £2.75.

If you withdraw money from an ATM, you’ll also need to pay a ‘cash fee’ of 2% (minimum £1.75, maximum £5) as well as the non-sterling transaction fee. So if you took out £100, you’d be charged a total of £4.75.

Any transactions you make will be converted into pound sterling (unless you choose to pay in local currency). To make sure your exchange rate is as competitive as possible, you’ll pay the exchange rate set by Visa

More about using your card abroad

Who can apply?

You can apply for a Graduate Bank Account if you:

  • are 18 years or older
  • have graduated from university within the last 2 years
  • can provide proof you're a graduate, such as a graduation certificate
  • can provide ID, proof of your address and 1 month's bank statements from your current bank
  • are happy for us to do a credit check against your name (if you live in the UK)

How to apply

Please make sure you read the important information in the 'Things you should know' section before applying.

Apply online

Apply for an account online in 15 minutes.

Apply in branch

Book an appointment to apply in branch

Please make sure you bring ID, proof of your address and 1 month of bank statements with you.

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1. Representative example (assumed arranged overdraft £1,200): 1st year 0% EAR variable on the first £1,500, 2nd year 0% EAR variable on the first £1,000 and 19.9% EAR on the rest. Back to 'At at glance'

2. Our telephone, online and mobile banking services are open 24 hours a day subject to scheduled maintenance periods. To help us offer the best service, we may monitor and/or record your calls with us. Back to 'At at glance'

3. This offer is available to all HSBC UK current account customers. One British Cycling Fan Membership per customer, with the ability to upgrade to other membership options for an additional cost. You must activate your membership by 31 December 2019. Terms and conditions apply. Back to 'Free British Cycling Fan Membership'