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Frequently thought questions

We do appreciate that questions about comparing current accounts are a little too boring to be asked, but they can be thought.

So we’ve compiled the following simple answers to questions frequently thought, about finding the best current account when comparing.

Why compare current accounts with comparethemarket.com

We let you quickly find accounts based on interest rate, overdraft detail and additional account features.


We’ll show you various account options including standard accounts, packaged accounts, student accounts, graduate accounts or basic accounts (don’t worry, these are explained below). So compare your options with us today.

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It is also worth thinking about how you plan to use your current account. Consider your money flow - what amounts you estimate putting in and taking out each month. Will you need an overdraft? Do you move money often? These sorts of things will help you narrow down your options and help you find the current account with the right features for your lifestyle.

What type of current account is right for me?

Standard bank accounts are sometimes known as current accounts and provide many useful services. You can have your salary paid directly into a Standard Account; settle bills or set up direct debits. These accounts usually provide a debit card which allows you to make cash withdrawals and to pay for items.


Packaged accounts are aimed at customers looking for additional extras on top of what’s available with a standard account. Additional extras such as travel insurance, mobile phone insurance, breakdown cover and cashback are usually available. However, there are often monthly or annual fees associated with this type of account so weigh up the benefits vs the fee and make sure it works for you.


Student accounts are aimed at those studying at university or college. Many of the product features are geared towards the needs of students, such as interest-free overdrafts.


Graduate accounts are specifically designed for graduates usually offering special introductory offers such as 0% overdraft fees for up to three years. These accounts typically offer free day to day banking as well as online and mobile access and allow access to additional preferential products such as personal loans.


Basic bank accounts are available to anyone. They tend to suit people who are unable to qualify for a standard account, perhaps because they have a low credit score or have only recently moved to the UK.

What else should I consider when comparing current accounts?

Interest rates (AER). The Annual Equivalent Rate (AER)is the variable interest rate on your account when your balance is in credit. It shows how much interest you will gain at the end of the year. Our rates are based on you having £1,000 of credit in your account. This is worth considering to find an account with the best saving rate.


Account Fee. This is how much you will be charged on a monthly or yearly basis for using the account.


Overdraft Detail. This is how much you will be charged for using the account’s overdraft – based on being £500 in debit. Certain accounts are more generous with their overdraft policies than others. If you often find yourself overdrawn at the end of each month, pay close attention to the related charges.