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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Santander
Everyday Current Account Santander
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Fee FREE Account Earn up to 15% cashback

Why we like it: No minimum monthly funding or monthly fee to maintain the account. Earn up to 15% cashback with Retailer Offers. Stress-free account switching in 7 days with the Current Account Switch Service. £300 ATM withdrawal per day, Arranged Overdraft facility (subject to status). Online and Mobile Banking with text and email alerts. Must be 18 or older and live in the UK permanently. 39.94% EAR overdraft charge. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

First Direct
1st Current Account First Direct
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Fee FREE Account Regular Saver paying 1.00% AER/Gross

Why we like it: Access to Regular Saver Account paying 1.00% AER/Gross fixed for 12 months if saving between £25 and £300 a month (up to £3,600 per year). £250 interest-free overdraft (subject to status). No minimum monthly funding and no monthly account fee. Mobile banking app. UK based contact centre. Easy switching with the Current Account Switch Service. Must be 18 or older and UK resident. Get the £100 when switching as a new customer and paying in at least £1,000 within three months of the account opening

Starling Bank
Mobile App Bank Account Starling Bank
Open With £0
Account Type Mobile Bank Account
Features Fee FREE Account Pays 0.05% AER

Why we like it: Free current account. Pays 0.05% AER interest on balances up to £85,000. Get set up in minutes. Send money abroad: Fast and secure money transfers to bank accounts in 38 countries worldwide. No fees when you pay with your card abroad or withdraw money. Get a spotlight on your spending: See what you’ve spent instantly with real-time payment notifications. 3 month interest holiday on the first £500 of an arranged overdraft. Best British Bank and Best Current Account in 2020 at the British Bank Awards. Awarded 5 stars by Defaqto. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Cashplus
Personal Current Account Cashplus
Open With £0
Account Type Current Account
Features No Credit Checks Online App

Why we like it: A bank account that can build credit history. No credit check during sign up. Apply straight from your mobile. Instant online decision. Get your Contactless Debit Mastercard within 3-5 working days. Add Creditbuilder onto your account and it could help build your credit rating at no extra cost. Deposit cash into your account at any Post Office UK branch. Money is available in your account immediately. Manage your account 24/7 from any device with the banking app - get real time balance information, statements, add payees send payments and apply for extras. Automatic payment alerts. UK based Customer Services Team. Your money is protected up to £85,000 by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme)

Santander
123 Mini Current Account Santander
Open With £0
Account Type Childrens Current Account
Features Children 18 or under 3% AER Interest (T&Cs)

Why we like it: Can be opened by or on behalf of any child up to the age of 18. Debit or cash card available for those aged between 13 and 18. Monthly interest. No monthly fee. For children under age 13, the account must be opened in trust and managed by an adult (trustee). If you’re aged between 13 and 18 years old and live permanently in the UK you can apply online by telephone or in branch. No overdraft facility. 1% interest on the entire balance once the balance is £100, 2.00% AER/1.98% gross (variable) on the entire balance once the balance is £1,500, 3.00% AER/2.96% gross (variable) on the entire balance once the balance is £1,500 or over (up to a maximum of £2,000). Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Investec Savings
Online Flexi Saver Investec Savings
Min deposit £5000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.58%

Why we like it: Instant access to your savings. Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. Interest paid monthly, either to a linked current account, or adding it to your Online Flexi Saver account. Easy application process, you just need a UK mobile phone and UK driving licence or passport. Manage account online. Maximum balance £250,000. Must be aged 18 or older and have a UK address. Must have a linked UK current account. Your eligible deposits with Investec Bank are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.4%

Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. No notice period. Deposit from £100. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply in minutes. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services. Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Investec Savings
Fixed Rate Bond Investec Savings
Min deposit £1000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 1.05%

Why we like it: Market leading 1 year fixed rate bond. Register for a free Raisin UK Account to apply for product and receive a cash bonus. Interest paid on maturity. Maximum deposit £85,000. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted

QIB UK Bank
Fixed Rate Bond QIB UK Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 2 Years
Interest AER 1.25%

Why we like it: Market leading 2 year fixed rate bond. Register for a free Raisin UK Account to apply for product and receive a cash bonus. Interest paid on maturity. Maximum deposit £85,000. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted

QIB UK Bank
Fixed Rate Bond QIB UK Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 3 Years
Interest AER 1.30%

Why we like it: Register for a free Raisin UK Account to apply for product and receive a cash bonus. Interest paid on maturity. Maximum deposit £85,000. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted

Aldermore
Fixed Rate Bond Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term 4 Years
Interest AER 1.05%

Why we like it: Minimum deposit £1,000 - No withdrawals permitted - FSCS Protected

Cambridge & Counties Bank
Fixed Rate Bond Cambridge & Counties Bank
Min deposit £10000
Term 5 Years
Interest AER 1.29%

Why we like it: Register for a free Raisin UK Account to apply for product and receive a cash bonus. Interest paid on maturity. Maximum deposit £85,000. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted

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Compare building society savings accounts

Although building societies are owned by their members or a mutual organisation, the services they offer to savers are broadly the same as for a bank. You can usually choose from a similar range of financial products whether you open a savings account with a building society or a bank.

If you are looking to save in the short term, or want to build up a nest egg over a longer period, you need to make sure you understand the various options available to you before making a decision.  

Current Accounts

Current accounts often give the best rates of interest for small amounts. 

Getting the best rate may mean shopping around and being willing to switch your account to a different provider. If your savings go over the interest-paying limit, then you are likely to earn nothing on the extra balance.

Instant Access Savings Accounts

If you want to be able to access your savings whenever you need them, an instant access account will let you do just that. You can usually draw money out at a cash point and/or in a branch as well as making online and phone transfers. There may, however, be a limit to the number of withdrawals you can make per year.

Easy Access Savings Accounts

These accounts work the same as instant access savings accounts, but instead of being able to take your money out straightaway, you may need to wait a few days for withdrawal and transfer requests to be processed.

Please note: some banks refer to instant access accounts as easy access accounts, blurring the distinction between the two.

Notice Savings Accounts

If you can wait a while when you need to access your savings, a notice account can offer better interest rates. When you want to take money out, you will need to let your building society know in advance. How much notice you have to give will be part of your account agreement.

Notice periods tend to range from 40 to 95 days. However, some may go as high as 120 in some cases. Generally speaking, the longer the notice period, the better the interest rate you will receive.

Regular Savings Accounts

One of the most common ways to save is to put away a little bit each month, slowly building up to a substantial savings pot. Regular savings accounts are designed for this kind of financial planning and offer good rates of interest if you can commit to depositing a minimum amount each month.

The main disadvantage is that it can take a long time to build up a decent amount of capital, meaning the high interest rate may not earn you much of a return initially. However, if you are aiming for more long term savings, a regular savings account can be a great way to go.

Fixed Rate Bonds

If you like the idea of getting a guaranteed rate of interest for a pre-agreed term, a fixed rate bond offers just that. You agree not to touch the money you place in the bond for a set period (usually between 1 and 5 years) and in exchange you will be offered a favourable interest rate for the life of the bond.

The downside is, if you later decide you need to use your savings, you may not be able to get access to them, or might have to pay a significant penalty for doing so. This means fixed rate bonds are usually a good choice only if you are very sure you won’t need your savings until the bond matures.

Cash ISAs

ISAs allow UK taxpayers to deposit a set amount each year into a savings account without paying tax on the interest. For the 2017/18 tax year the limit is £20,000.

There are two main types of cash ISAs to choose from – fixed term and instant access. They work in much the same way as fixed term and instant access savings accounts, with fixed term cash ISAs usually offering the better interest rates.

It’s worth noting that cash ISAs do not necessarily give the highest interest rates, so you will need to carefully compare your options to see if the tax savings you stand to make will likely be more than the extra interest you could earn on a different account.

Find the best building society savings account for you

Choosing the best building society savings account for you can be difficult when there are so many different options to choose from. Our comparison tool at the top of the page allows you to contrast the different types of accounts from various providers to find the best fit for your finances. We regularly update our results to reflect the best offers currently on the market, so make sure to keep checking back to see the latest deals.

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