Compare bank accounts for 3 or more people

There's no rule that says a joint account is just for 2.

Some banks offer joint accounts for 3 or more people. You’ll each get your own debit card linked to the account, and there generally aren’t extra charges or fees for this. This comparison is for personal accounts – we also have a joint business bank accounts guide. Our comparison table shows accounts that can be joint accounts, and below that, we’ve listed how many account holders or additional cardholders each bank allows.

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Name Product Finder Score Account fees Funding requirement Interest (AER) Arranged overdraft Incentive Representative example Link
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4.3
★★★★★
£0
No minimum funding requirement
0% AER
39.49% EAR variable (subject to status)
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You must be 18+ and a UK resident.
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Spend & Save
4.3
★★★★★
£0
No minimum funding requirement
0% AER
39.9% EAR variable
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4.2
★★★★★
£0
No minimum funding requirement
0% AER
39.49% EAR variable (subject to status)
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You must be 18+ and a UK resident.
Representative Example: Effective Annual Rate: 39.49% EAR (variable). Representative APR: 39.49% APR (variable). Assumed credit limit: £1,200 Subject to status. How does this overdraft compare? Representative APRs help you compare the cost of different credit products.
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Reward
4.2
★★★★★
£2 per month
Min. £1250 Per Month
0% AER
39.49% EAR variable (subject to status)
tag iconYou must be 18+ and a UK resident. Earn up to £5/month in Rewards (£4 with 2x +£2 direct debits set up, £1 for monthly app log in) and from 1% in Rewards when you spend with selected partners.
Current account switch service guarantee badgeRepresentative Example: Effective Annual Rate: 39.49% EAR (variable). Representative APR: 39.49% APR (variable). Assumed credit limit: £1,200 Subject to status. How does this overdraft compare? Representative APRs help you compare the cost of different credit products.
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Reward
4.2
★★★★★
£2 per month
Min. £1250 Per Month
0% AER
39.49% EAR variable (subject to status)
tag iconYou must be 18+ and a UK resident. Earn up to £5/month in Rewards (£4 with 2x +£2 direct debits set up, £1 for monthly app log in) and from 1% in Rewards when you spend with selected partners.
Current account switch service guarantee badgeRepresentative Example: Effective Annual Rate: 39.49% EAR (variable). Representative APR: 39.49% APR (variable). Assumed credit limit: £1,200 Subject to status. How does this overdraft compare? Representative APRs help you compare the cost of different credit products.
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CASHBACK
Spend & Save Plus
4.5
★★★★★
£3 per month
No minimum funding requirement
0% AER
N/A
tag icon£160 to switch & stay. £100 to start a switch before the offer is withdrawn, log into TSB App, make 5 debit card payments. Earn up to £60 double cashback by making 20 debit card payments per month. T&Cs apply.
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Foundation
Not yet rated
£0
No minimum funding requirement
0% AER

tag iconFree 24/7 Emergency Cash Service to withdraw up to £300 for online and telephone banking customers or £60 if not.
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Basic Current Account
Not yet rated
£0
No minimum funding requirement
0% AER

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Cash Account
3.6
★★★★★
£0
No minimum funding requirement
0% AER

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Cashminder
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£0
No minimum funding requirement
0% AER

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What is a joint account?

A joint bank account allows multiple joint account holders to deposit and withdraw money. Joint accounts most commonly have two account holders, but it is possible to have more. You can open a joint bank account with three, four or five people, or even more.

For current accounts, each account holder will have their own debit card that will let them make purchases and withdraw cash at ATMs. Each account holder will also be able to access the account online or via an app to transfer funds and keep an eye on transactions.

Joint bank accounts compared

To compile the information in the below table, we checked each bank’s website and terms and conditions, and also contacted the providers’ press teams where necessary.

BankAccount nameMax no. of account holdersCan you convert a sole to a joint account?Both-to-sign account?
Bank of ScotlandClassic Account2YesNo
BarclaysBarclays Bank Account4*YesNo
Co-operative BankCurrent Account3YesNo
First Direct1st Account2YesNo
HalifaxCurrent Account2YesNo
HSBCAdvance Bank Account6YesNo
Lloyds BankClassic Account2YesNo
Metro BankCurrent Account4YesNo
Nationwide BSFlexDirect Current Account2YesNo
NatWestNatWest Select2YesNo
Royal Bank of ScotlandRoyal Bank Select2YesNo
Starling BankStarling Personal2NoNo
TSBSpend & Save5YesNo
Virgin MoneyM Plus Account2NoNo

*Barclays says: “There is no restriction on the number of parties that can set up a joint account with Barclays, though our recommendation is no more than 4 parties do so.”
The data in this table was last checked on 7 March 2024.

Additional cardholders

When conducting our research, we discovered that two of the above providers also enable you to add additional cardholders to your account. These cardholders are not joint account holders and won’t have full access to the account. The money in the account doesn’t belong to them (as it would with a joint account) and the account will only be in your name.

For example, Starling Bank has a Connected card that you can give to a friend, family member or carer so they can buy whatever you need on your behalf. The money will come out of a designated Space in your bank account which means the additional cardholder won’t be able to access your whole account. Nor can they check the balance, withdraw cash or shop online.

Meanwhile, Barclays lets you give up to 4 extra debit cards to other people which enable them to spend from your account. The additional cardholders can use their card for spending in shops, over the phone and online, as well as for cash withdrawals. But you can set spending limits and control the cards at all times. You can set up this service through the app, but the cardholders must already bank with Barclays.

Having an extra cardholder could be ideal if you have a carer who needs to shop on your behalf or if you were ill and needed a friend to buy essentials for you. It means someone else can still access the funds in your account, and you can stay in control of what is spent where.

Note that this is different to setting up a third party mandate which is a formal instruction from you to your bank or building society informing them that you want someone else to carry out everyday banking transactions on your behalf.

Account supervisors

Barclays also offers something known as an account supervisor. This works in a similar way to an additional cardholder, but you can give your friend or family member extra access to your account. This means they can see your balance as well as transactions, and you can choose to let them set controls on your debit card if you wish to.

This can be a good option if you are concerned about scams or need help controlling your spending. Your friend or family member can help you manage your banking without the need to hand over full control of your account.

How do I compare accounts that allow multiple joint account holders?

If you want to open an account with 2 or more others, consider the following when comparing your options:

  • Account maintenance fees. Look for an account with low or no monthly account fees.
  • Transaction limits and fees. With several people accessing the account, there may be a lot more transactions than with a single account. Make sure you’re not charged any unnecessary transaction fees.
  • ATM withdrawal fees. Look for an account that offers fee-free ATM withdrawals, so you’re not hit with a fee each time one of the account holders withdraws some cash.
  • Easy online access. Check the account is easily accessible for everyone on the account, for example with an easy-to-use mobile banking app.
  • Number of linked debit cards. If more than two people need a linked debit card, make sure you’re not charged extra fees for the additional ones.

Pros and cons of having a joint account with multiple people

Pros

  • Easy money management. If you share a lot of expenses with a number of people, it can be easier if you all have access to the one bank account to manage them.
  • Transparent. Because you can all access the account online it’s easy to see who’s transferring or withdrawing money and for what.
  • Accessible in an emergency. With more than two joint holders, the account is accessible even if one of the account holders is unavailable.

Cons

  • Less secure. Other account holders can withdraw money without your consent.
  • Difficult to manage. With multiple individuals making deposits and withdrawals into your account you may find it difficult to keep track of the balance.
  • May impact your credit score. Opening a joint bank account can sometimes have a negative impact on your credit file, as the credit history of those you’ll be linked to via the joint account will be accessible to potential future lenders. If the people you’re opening the account with have had problems with repayments in the past, this can also impact on your creditworthiness.

How to open a mutiple-holder bank account

When you’ve selected an account from the table above, click “Go to site” to check that the account allows the number of people you want to share it with, then complete the online application process. Each account holder will need to provide personal information. Banks may also require you to verify your identity using a passport or driver’s licence. From time to time, banks often run switching offers that pay you to close down your old account and switch to a new one. This can also apply to joint bank accounts.

Common reasons for opening an account for multiple people

The need for more than two joint account holders most often arises in business situations, where partners, treasurers and other bookkeepers all need to be able to move money in and out of the account. In the case of youth accounts, it is not uncommon to find both parents listed as account holders as well as the child. This ensures that in the event that one parent is absent, the account is still accessible.

People also commonly open joint accounts with:

  • Roommates to pay for shared living expenses and rent
  • Business partners so multiple employees can make deposits and withdrawals (See our guide on joint business bank accounts)
  • Family members as an emergency fund
  • Friends to pay for an upcoming holiday
  • Romantic partners to combine finances

Who can close a multiple-holder bank account?

Generally, one person can close a joint bank account without the other’s permission. But some banks have stricter rules that require all joint owners to provide consent before closing. If you’re concerned about having the account closed without you knowing, look for a bank that requires all parties to close the account together.

Bottom line

While 2 is the most common number when it comes to joint accounts, several banks allow you to add a third account holder or additional card holder. Compare savings accounts or current accounts to find one with the features you’re looking for before getting started.

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