Higher Education Account

Designed for graduates

No monthly fee, a contactless card and an overdraft of up to £3,000 (subject to status), depending on your year of graduation.

  • You can keep this account for 3 years after graduating
  • Shop and get cashback at many leading retailers with our partner rewards
  • Get help with building your credit score with a Barclaycard

What you get

Fee-free overdraft available

Apply for an overdraft of up to £3,000 (subject to status) with fee-free amounts available depending on when you graduated. You can find more information about the overdraft and the charges below.

Representative example:

For your 1st year after graduation:
Fee-free overdraft of up to £3000 (subject to application and status) while you stay within that limit.
Lower overdraft fee-free amount applies in 2nd and 3rd year after graduation.

Barclays Blue Rewards

Get an annual loyalty reward of £84 plus £60 on your Barclays residential mortgage and £36 on your Barclays home and contents insurance. Start earning rewards with a monthly £3 fee, £800 paid into your account and 2 Direct Debits paid out every month1. More about Barclays Blue Rewards

Save money and earn cashback with our partner rewards

Earn cashback and save money with selected brands like Apple, Nike, Amazon, Oasis, Boots and hungryhouse. You can also earn cashback when you book travel with Expedia.

Make payments on the go

With Apple Pay2 or Contactless Mobile3, you can use your mobile phone to pay with your Barclays debit card or Barclaycard wherever you see the Apple Pay or contactless logo.

Banking on your mobile

Our free mobile banking app4 lets you do even more of your everyday banking on the go. Make payments, view your account balances and transactions, move money between your accounts, report your card lost or stolen and more.


Send money to friends and family in over 30 countries using their mobile phone number with the Pingit app5. It’s free, secure and fast.

Go paperless

Access, download and print your statements and letters from your Barclays Mobile Banking app and in Online Banking.

It’s easy to get in touch

Contact us quickly, securely and conveniently with live chat or direct call through Barclays Mobile Banking and Twitter @BarclaysUKHelp.

7-day switch

It’s safe and simple – we guarantee to move all your old payments to your new account within just 7 working days.

Overdraft summary

Overdraft summary

If you’ve graduated within the last 3 years, you can apply for an overdraft of up to £3,000 (subject to status).

This is a breakdown of the fee-free amounts available based on how long ago you graduated. The maximum overdraft you can apply for with this account is £3,000.

1st year after graduation: Up to £3,000
2nd year after graduation: Up to £2,000
3rd year after graduation: Up to £1,000

Overdrafts (including fee free amounts) are subject to status and application so the amount offered may be different to that shown in the example. All borrowing is repayable on demand. The fees shown here are variable, which means we can change them – although we will let you know before we do this.

To apply for an overdraft you must be a UK resident.

When overdraft fees apply

If you go over your fee-free overdraft amount but within your arranged overdraft limit, you’ll be charged a daily fee on your whole balance.

The daily fees are as follows:

Up to £1,000 – no fee
Over £1,000 and up to £2,000 – 50p a day
Over £2,000 – £1 a day

Representative example

For your 1st year after graduation: Fee-free overdraft up to £3,000 (subject to application and status) while you stay within that limit.

Lower overdraft fee-free amount applies in 2nd and 3rd year after graduation.

Find out what this means for you.

Add features

Shape your account to your needs by adding great value Packs.  And you’ll get discounts if you add more than one.

Tech Pack

Protect your tech

From your mobile phone and laptop to your tablet and camera – protect what's important to you for just £9.50 a month with our Tech Pack.

Travel Pack

Keep your family covered

Get family travel insurance and comprehensive RAC breakdown cover, for just £10.50 per month.

Travel Plus Pack

Travel in comfort

Get airport lounge access, airport parking and hotels discounts, family travel insurance and RAC breakdown cover for just £15.50 a month.


If you have a Barclays Student Additions Account, your account will be upgraded to the Higher Education Account following your graduation.

To be eligible you’ll need

  • To be 18 years of age or older
  • To have completed your full-time higher education within the past 3 years
  • To live in the EU
  • To be in permanent employment or have a firm job offer (minimum 6-month contract)

What you need to apply

To confirm your identity, you'll need to bring in 2 original documents (not photocopies) from this list when opening your account.

We also need to see proof that you’ve completed your studies, such as your degree certificate.

Apply now

Head to your local branch today and you can start using your Higher Education Account straightaway. 

Apply in branch

Find your nearest branch and see when we’re open. Don’t forget – you’ll need your ID documents to apply for an account.

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Student contents insurance

Student contents insurance

Cover while you’re studying

Design your own cover to protect stuff against loss, theft or damage in your student home – add the cover you need for the items you have, like bikes, gadgets and more.

Get in touch

If you’ve got a question about our Higher Education Account, there are many ways to get in touch.

Web chat

Please don’t share any account information during your chat.

Tweet us

Tweet us a question @BarclaysUKHelp and we’ll respond within 2 hours.

Account information and fees

Download and read the documents below for full details about banking with us and the terms of the Higher Education Account’s extra features.

Terms and conditions for personal customers 270 KB 7
Barclays Tariff for Personal Customers 950 KB7

14-day trial period

If you’re not happy with your account, you have a 14-day period in which to cancel your account or switch to another account. This begins on the account opening date or the date your receive your terms and conditions and other account information, whichever is later.

Your feedback

We want to hear from you if you’re unhappy with our service. You can complain in person, in a branch, in writing, by email or over the phone. You can get a leaflet detailing how we deal with complaints in any of our branches, on this site or from the Barclays Information Line on 0800 400 1004. The line is open between 7am-11pm, 7 days a week. Alternatively, write to Barclays, Leicester LE87 2BB.

If we don’t resolve your complaint internally to your satisfaction, you may be able to refer it to The Financial Ombudsman Service, Exchange Tower, London, E14 9SR (telephone: 08000 234 567). The Financial Ombudsman Service is an organisation set up by law to give consumers a free and independent service for resolving disputes with financial firms. Details of those who are eligible complainants can be obtained from the Financial Ombudsman Service.