Nationwide is the word’s largest building society and one of the UK’s largest savings providers. As a mutual it’s owned by and run for the benefit of its members.
Nationwide uses the money deposited by savers to help members get mortgages.
It offers a broad range of savings accounts, so whether you’re looking to save your money for a rainy day, or you’re willing to let your money mature over a longer period of time, Nationwide has options.
Nationwide instant access savings accounts
Regular savings accounts
Nationwide’s cash ISAs explained
An individual savings account (ISA) lets you earn interest tax-free, although there is a limit on how much you can put into an ISA each year. The various cash ISAs on offer from Nationwide are explained below.
Triple Access Online ISA
- You must have a main current account with Nationwide.
- Savers can make up to 3 withdrawals during the 1-year life of the account. If any more withdrawals are made, then the interest rate will reduce.
- Save up to the maximum ISA allowance for the year (£20,000 for 2022-2023)
- Only available to savers whose spouse or partner passed away with ISA savings
- You can make unlimited withdrawals.
- Does not allow transfers in from other cash ISAs
What is a building society?
A building society is a financial institution owned by its members. Whereas banks are normally listed on the stock market and run for their shareholders, building societies aren’t.
Because they don’t have shareholders to pay, building societies have historically claimed to offer better interest and cheaper mortgage rates than banks offer.
Start to Save prize draw account
Nationwide’s Start to Save account is all about getting you – and keeping you – motivated about saving, with a chance to win £250 in one of its prize draws.
All you need to do is save between £25 and £50 each month in each of the 6 months leading up to a prize draw to be in with a chance of winning.
It offers a rate of 2.50% AER/gross a year (variable) for 24 months and you can manage it online or by using Nationwide’s banking app. You can take our your money if you want to – but it might affect your entry into the prize draw.
How to set up a Nationwide savings account
This depends on whether or not you’re already registered with Nationwide. Current members can open an account online, and may be able to do so without showing any proof of identity. Nationwide will let current customers know if they need physical proof.
New customers will have to go into a branch and will need to bring UK photo identification – either a passport or driving licence – plus proof of name and proof of address. Examples include:
- A bank statement from within the past 3 months
- A valid full EEA passport
- A benefits letter from the last year
- A valid student ID from a UK university
- UK gas or electricity bill (less than 3 months)
- UK phone bill (not mobile, less than 3 months)
- A benefits letter from the last year (last 12 months)
There’s a full list of eligible documents, which explains those that are specifically for name or address, on the Nationwide website. If you’re setting up a savings account as a child then you’ll need to provide your passport or birth certificate along with proof of where you live.
Does Nationwide offer online or mobile banking?
Yes, it offers both. Here are some of the basic features:
- Check balances. For any type of account.
- Transfer money between accounts. In a matter of seconds.
- Pay bills and people. All within the online portal.
- All of those features. On the go.
- Secure login. Log in to your account by simply using your fingerprint.
- Filter and compare. View up to 15 months’ transactions and compare your income and expenses.
The bottom line
Nationwide’s broad range of savings accounts mean that it should be easy to find one to suit you, whether you need instant access to your money or are happy to lock it away for a fixed period of time. Sadly, it has reduced the range of cash ISAs on offer, so you may want to do your research to search for an ISA more suited to your needs.
Because it is owned by its members and doesn’t need to pay any shareholders, there’s a chance that a Nationwide savings account might get you better interest and cheaper mortgage rates than banks – but be sure to check our other savings accounts reviews to find the best deal for you.
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