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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.42%

Why we like it: 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)

Nationwide
Cash ISA Nationwide
Min deposit £1
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.30%

Why we like it: Tax free ISA account. Open with £1 or transfer in existing ISA funds. Invest up to £20,000 per tax year. Interest can be paid into account, alternative Nationwide savings or current account, or an external current account. Must be UK resident and aged 16 or older. Headline interest rate applicable if no more than 1 withdrawal per account year, fFor 2 or more withdrawals the interest rate drops to 0.50% AER. FSCS Protected

Aldermore
Easy Access Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term Easy Access
Interest AER 1.25%

Why we like it: Earn 1.00% gross/AER on balances from £1,000 to £1 million. Unlimited withdrawals without restriction or loss of interest.

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 1.90%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING 1 YEAR FIXED RATE BOND. Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

Aldermore
Fixed Rate Bond Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term 2 Years
Interest AER 2.25%

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

Investec Click & Invest
Stocks & Shares ISA Investec Click & Invest
Open from £2500
Term No fixed term
Investment Linked Choose between managed portfolios

Why we like it: Investec Click & Invest is an online investment service that aims to make actively managed, globally diversified investment portfolios accessible to a wider audience. Everyone deserves harder working money, and Click & Invest’s goal is to make a positive difference to more financial futures. Their experts build and manage investment portfolios from £2,500 online, intelligently blending expertise with high-quality service. With a £2,500 minimum investment, Click & Invest aims to deliver an exceptional service for a straightforward fee. They offer both stocks and shares ISAs and general investment accounts, with a seamless online experience, with dedicated 24/7 support available. Capital at risk.

Disclaimer: The value of your investments can fall as well as rise, so you could get back less than you paid in.

Kuflink
Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) Kuflink
Min deposit £100
Term 5 Years
Annual Interest Target rate 7.00%

Why we like it: Why we like it: Up to £250 cashback for new investors.1, 3 or 5 year fixed term. Invest from £100 up to £20,000 this tax year (2018/19) and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. Secured by UK property. No platform or investment fees. Interest paid annually. Returns are not guaranteed and your actual returns may vary. Capital is at risk

Disclaimer: When making a peer to business loan, your capital lent to a borrower is not covered in the event of loss by the FSCS

Kuflink
Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) Kuflink
Min deposit £100
Term 3 Years
Annual Interest Target rate 6.10%

Why we like it: Why we like it: Up to £250 cashback for new investors.1, 3 or 5 year fixed term. Invest from £100 up to £20,000 this tax year (2018/19) and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. Secured by UK property. No platform or investment fees. Interest paid annually. Returns are not guaranteed and your actual returns may vary. Capital is at risk

Disclaimer: When making a peer to business loan, your capital lent to a borrower is not covered in the event of loss by the FSCS

Kuflink
Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) Kuflink
Min deposit £100
Term 1 Year
Annual Interest Target rate 5.00%

Why we like it: Why we like it: Up to £250 cashback for new investors.1, 3 or 5 year fixed term. Invest from £100 up to £20,000 this tax year (2018/19) and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. Secured by UK property. No platform or investment fees. Interest paid annually. Returns are not guaranteed and your actual returns may vary. Capital is at risk

Disclaimer: When making a peer to business loan, your capital lent to a borrower is not covered in the event of loss by the FSCS

easyMoney
Classic Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) easyMoney
Min deposit £10000
Term No Fixed Term
Annual Interest Target rate 7.28%

Why we like it: Invest up to £20,000 this tax year (2018/19) and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. When you join the easyMoney family you will automatically become an easyMoney plus card member, offering savings up to 55% at over 100 of Britain’s biggest retailers and more! e-Money Capital Ltd trading as easyMoney is authorised and regulated by the FCA (FRN 231680). As with all investing, your capital is at risk when you lend to businesses and returns are not guaranteed. No FSCS. For more details please refer to our full risk statement.

Disclaimer: When making a peer to business loan, your capital lent to a borrower is not covered in the event of loss by the FSCS

Nationwide
FlexDirect Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 5.00%

Why we like it: 5.00% interest for 12 months on balances up to £2,500 for the first year. You must pay in £1,000 or more each month to receive interest (excluding transfers from any Nationwide account held by you or anyone else). 12 month fee-free arranged overdraft available. No monthly fee. Must be aged 18 or older.

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 1.50%

Why we like it: Earn 1.50% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% CASHBACK on various household bills. Monthly fee of £5. Must pay in £500 pm.

Compare Savings Accounts For Students

When putting your money into a savings account, you need to consider how long you intend to save for and how much of a return you would like to see. You can then compare the different types of savings accounts available to see which ones best match you saving goals. for the best savings accounts as a student see the table above.

Although it can be difficult to start saving as a student, the importance of putting money into your savings at an early age cannot be understated.

Throughout university you will receive student loans, bursaries, grants or additional support; if you can spare any amount of this money to add to your savings, it may open up opportunities in the future.

Building your savings throughout university may allow you to travel upon graduation or give you some breathing room whilst you look for employment.

You could look to use a combination of the savings options below to stay flexible and get competitive rates of interest.

Current Accounts

Current accounts generally offer the best rates of interest for smaller sums of money. However, if you go over your account’s interest limit, your remaining balance will likely earn you nothing. 

To get the best deal, you may have to shop around and be willing to transfer your current account to a new provider. It’s also worth bearing in mind that some current accounts offer a better interest rate during an introductory period which then drops dramatically once that period is over.

Instant Access Savings Accounts

This type of account allows you to earn interest on your savings while still giving quick access to your money when necessary. Some instant access accounts come with a card that lets you draw money out at cash points, others require you to take money out in branch or transfer it to a current account online or by phone.

Please be aware there may be a limit on how many withdrawals you can make per year without losing some of your interest.

Due to the nature of a student’s financial position, an instant access account could be the best fit for student savings. Although the interest rate is not the best on the market, an instant access account allows you to make a withdrawal from your savings when you need it, allowing you to survive when money is tight.

Easy Access Savings Accounts

Essentially the same as instant access accounts, except there may be a few days' delay when you wish to take money out. This is to allow withdrawal and transfer requests to be processed.

Some providers also refer to their instant access accounts as easy access accounts.

Notice Savings Accounts

These are similar to easy access and instant access savings accounts, except you have to give a certain amount of notice before removing funds. Common notice periods range from 40-95 days. The longer the notice period you are willing to give, the higher the interest rate you will usually receive.

Regular Savings Accounts

If you want to put away a little bit of money each month over a longer period, a regular savings account is likely to be the best choice. This kind of account usually requires you to deposit a minimum amount each month and will normally specify a maximum you can put in each month as well. There may also be a limit on how many withdrawals you can make each year.

Regular savings accounts often offer very attractive rates of interest, but it is important to note that, because you are only slowly building up capital, your initial yearly returns may be modest. This means that, while they can be used for short term savings, regular savings accounts are usually a better choice for longer term savings.

Fixed Rate Bonds

Fixed rate bonds tend to offer attractive rates of interest which will be guaranteed for the life of the bond (typically 1-5 years). The caveat here is that you cannot usually take money out of the bond until it matures (i.e. reaches the end of the fixed interest period).

This means most fixed rate bonds are not ideal for short term savings, although some providers do offer fixed rate bonds with terms as short as 3 months which may be worth considering.

Unless you are confident that you will not need to touch your savings, a fixed rate bond may not be the best option as a student.

Cash ISAs

UK tax payers normally have to pay tax on any interest they earn on their savings. However, a cash ISA allows you to earn interest, tax-free, on deposits up to an agreed yearly limit. For the 2017/18 tax year that amount is £20,000.

There are two main types of cash ISAs – instant access and fixed-term. Instant access cash ISAs allow you to withdraw money whenever you need without paying a penalty, making them ideal for short term saving. Fixed-term cash ISAs have similar conditions to fixed rate bonds, so you may be unable to withdraw money until they reach the end of their term or have to pay a penalty in order to do so.

Cash ISAs do not always offer the best interest rates, so you will need to assess whether any tax savings will outweigh the benefits of the higher interest rates provides by other types of accounts.

A cash ISA may be the best option for you if you receive a significant amount of money. For example, if you receive a bursary that you do not need to use in the near future, you could put the money away and receive tax-free interest.

Find the best savings account for students

With so many different brands and products on the market, it can be hard to figure out which offer the best deals for you. The comparison table at the top of this page is regularly updated with the most attractive deals on short term savings accounts from across the industry. This makes it easy for you to contrast the features of different accounts for students find the right one for your saving needs.

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