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NatWest Student Credit Card review
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In a nutshell:
Minimum credit limit
Up to 56 days
Interest-free each billing period
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This NatWest card comes with a low credit limit (that’s the amount you’ll be allowed to borrow on the card) and no annual or monthly account fee – pretty standard stuff for a student card. Credit limits are personalised meaning they’re based on NatWest’s assessment of your unique circumstances.
Student cards also typically don’t have the most competitive rates around (in part due to the limited credit histories of many of the card’s users), but if you clear your balance in full each month, you won’t actually have to pay interest on your purchases. This is thanks to the card’s interest-free days on purchases, which could potentially offer a buffer until your next paycheck or student loan instalment comes through. This is a standard feature of almost all credit cards, not just those designed for students.
NatWest also offers an “eligibility checker” on its site which allows you to get a good idea as to whether or not your application would be successful, without a hard credit search (which would have a slight, and usually short-lived, negative effect on your credit score). As is generally the case with student credit cards, you’ll need to already hold a student bank account with NatWest to be eligible to apply.
You can use Apple Pay with your student card and in the NatWest mobile app you can manage your credit card alongside your NatWest student current account.
It’s smart to be cautious about taking out a credit card while studying. If your income is minimal and paid infrequently, be realistic about how quickly you’ll be able to pay off any borrowing. On the plus side, if you don’t carry a balance from month to month and you use this card responsibly, it could help you to handle fluctuating costs and help you start building a positive credit history, standing you in good stead for future borrowing.
The NatWest Student Credit Card is issued on the Mastercard network so it's accepted at nearly 53 million merchants across more than 210 countries and territories.
Pros and cons
- Since it's a student card, you aren't required to have a super-high credit score in order to be approved
- Up to 56 days to spread the cost of purchases (provided you pay off your balance in full each month)
- Customers report excellent customer service when dealing with NatWest
- No annual fee
- To apply, you must hold a student bank account with NatWest
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You can make manual repayments through NatWest's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0345 788 8444). Alternatively, you may wish to set up a direct debit.
A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and damaging your credit score – making it harder and more expensive to borrow money in the future – and getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) as a result.
You can arrange a direct debit for repayments when you apply for the credit card. The table below shows the options available.
Choose from the following direct debit options for your monthly repayments:
|Minimum amount||Fixed amount||Fixed percentage||Full amount|
How to apply for the NatWest Student Credit Card
Sorry – NatWest is no longer accepting applications for this card. However you may wish to consider one of the alternatives listed above.
Frequently asked questions
What credit limit will I get with the NatWest Student Credit Card?
If NatWest is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on NatWest's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on the card is £250, while the maximum is £500. Once you've had the card for a while and shown NatWest that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.
Can I withdraw cash using the NatWest Student Credit Card?
Although it's possible, withdrawing cash from a credit card account is generally not a good idea, as "cash-like transactions" (such as withdrawing cash at an ATM, getting cashback at the till, spending at a casino or buying currency) often incur steep fees and/or higher rates of interest.
The cash advance fee on the NatWest Student Credit Card is 3%.
The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 27.95%, which is 48% more than the standard purchases rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).
How much does it cost to use the NatWest Student Credit Card abroad?
Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.75% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£168.73), it'll cost you around £4.64 in fees.
Do I need to be an existing NatWest customer to apply for the NatWest Student Credit Card?
Yes, you must already hold a NatWest student bank account.
What does "Up to 56 days interest-free" on purchases mean?
Almost all credit cards offer you a "grace period" in which to settle your purchases. But to enjoy this feature, you have to clear your full balance each month (cash withdrawals and non-sterling transactions sadly tend not to benefit from this feature).
Let's say you make a purchase using the NatWest Student Credit Card on the 1st day the month. Shortly after the end of the month you receive your statement and bill from NatWest which needs to paid by, say, the 25th of the month. If you then pay off your balance in full on the 25th, you won't be charged interest on that purchase and you'll have enjoyed 56 days interest-free.