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This all-in-one account gives you the flexibility to conduct your day-to-day banking whenever and however you want. It’s completely free of transaction fees* and there are no monthly fees.

Fees and Charges

Monthly account fees$0.00

Fee free deposit amountYes

Number of free transactionsUnlimited

ATM withdrawl fee$0.00

EFTPOS transaction fee$0.00

Branch withdrawl fee$0.00

Overdrawn fee$5.00

Overseas ATM withdrawl fee$0.00

Currency conversion fee2 - 3% of the AUD transaction amount

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Earn Interest

Annual interest rate0.00%

Interest calculated N/A

Interest paid N/A

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Miscellaneous

Base rebateN/A

Online application Yes

Minimum age All members

Residency requirementsPermanent or Australian resident

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Features

Card typeVisa Debit

Contactless paymentYes

ATM access Yes

Unlimited ATM accessYes

Unlimited branch accessYes

Fraud protectionYes

EFTPOS facility Yes

Internet bankingYes

Phone bankingYes

Overdraft facilityYes

Cheque facility Yes

Joint access Yes

Pay using Apple PayYes

Pay using Android PayYes

BPAY Yes

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Other

Sponsored No

Data accurate as of23/05/2018

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The Everyday Saver features the option of a Visa Debit card, giving you more options when making payments and giving you access to your funds wherever Visa is accepted, both in Australia and overseas.

Fees and Charges

Monthly account fees$0.00

Fee free deposit amount$0.00

Number of free transactions2

ATM withdrawl fee$1.25

EFTPOS transaction fee$0.75

Branch withdrawl feeN/A

Overdrawn fee$10.00

Overseas ATM withdrawl fee$5.00

Currency conversion fee$0.02

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Earn Interest

Annual interest rate0.01%

Interest calculated Daily

Interest paid Monthly

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Miscellaneous

Base rebaten/a

Online application Yes

Minimum age n/a

Residency requirementsPermanent or Australian resident

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Features

Card typeVisa Debit

Contactless paymentYes

ATM access Yes

Unlimited ATM accessNo

Unlimited branch accessNo

Fraud protectionYes

EFTPOS facility Yes

Internet bankingYes

Phone bankingYes

Overdraft facilityYes

Cheque facility Yes

Joint access Yes

Pay using Apple PayNo

Pay using Android PayNo

BPAY Yes

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Other

Sponsored No

Data accurate as of5/02/2017

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Our Everyday access account helps you manage your day-to-day spending conveniently and cost effectively.

Fees and Charges

Monthly account fees$5.00

Fee free deposit amount$0.00

Number of free transactions5

ATM withdrawl fee$1.50

EFTPOS transaction fee$0.00

Branch withdrawl feeN/A

Overdrawn feeN/A

Overseas ATM withdrawl fee$5.00

Currency conversion fee3%

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Earn Interest

Annual interest rate0.00%

Interest calculated None

Interest paid None

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Miscellaneous

Base rebateNone

Online application Yes

Minimum age 18

Residency requirementsPermanent or Australian resident

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Features

Card typeVisa Debit

Contactless paymentYes

ATM access Yes

Unlimited ATM accessNo

Unlimited branch accessNo

Fraud protectionYes

EFTPOS facility Yes

Internet bankingYes

Phone bankingNo

Overdraft facilityNo

Cheque facility No

Joint access Yes

Pay using Apple PayYes

Pay using Android PayYes

BPAY Yes

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Other

Sponsored No

Data accurate as of22/12/2017

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Tips for comparing student bank accounts

A bank account is an account through a financial institution where you can deposit income and withdraw money in a variety of ways. The best bank account for you is the account that helps you manage your finances without unnecessary fees and access your money when you need it.

You will need a bank account to access the following types of services:

  • Debit card
  • Electronic or online payments
  • Google Wallet, Samsung Pay, or Apple Pay.
  • ATMs
  • Direct debit
  • BPAY
  • Cheques

What are key features to compare between student bank accounts?

Not all student bank accounts are made equal. Depending on your lifestyle, some banks and student might offer features that best fit your needs.

  • Linked to your savings account. If you open a bank account with the same bank as your savings account, you can easily transfer and access money between the two accounts.
  • Monthly fees. There any many student bank accounts with $0 monthly fees, however, this usually comes at cost such as limited branch access, limited fee-free transactions, etc
  • Other fees. Banks can also charge fees for a range of reasons
  • Overseas transaction fee. If you’re a frequent traveller, you may wish to avoid banks that charge high conversion fees for using your debit card overseas
  • ATM fees. Banks will usually waive ATM fees from their network of ATMs
  • EFTPOS transaction fee. Some banks will charge for EFTPOS payments over a specified threshold
  • Branch assistance fee. Prefer that personal service? Be aware that some banks will charge for in-person assistance at their branch. Mobile banking is a good option for avoiding these fees
  • Excess transaction fee. If you’re a frequent spender, accounts with a limit on the number of transactions you can make a month could charge you fees. If you’re a regular spender or need regular access to branches, you may wish to look into accounts for high frequency users or conversely accounts for infrequent users
  • Account overdrawn fee. If you overspend the money on your account, you could be charged a fee
  • While not technically fees, using services like payWave or PayPass for charges under $100 often have surcharges associated with them. To avoid these, insert the card and choose the ‘Savings’ or ‘Cheque’ option instead during payment
  • High interest rate. Some student bank accounts will offer a higher interest rate so you can earn interest on the money deposited in your account, but look out for honeymoon rates that are too good to be true and revert to a base rate after a few months
  • Mobile banking. If you want to manage your money online instead of heading to a branch location, financial institutions that offer mobile banking are a desirable choice
  • High density of ATMs. A financial institution might be the right fit for you in every other way, but if you’re constantly heading out of your way to access your money, it might not be a good fit
  • Easy overseas accessibility. Some financial institutions are global, which can make accessing your money overseas easy
  • Good customer service. If something goes wrong and your money is on the line, you want to know that your bank will handle the situation quickly and responsively
  • Senior banking. If you’re over 55, you can enjoy unlimited access to ATM withdrawals, internet and phone banking, reduced or waived fees, and more
  • Kids / Students / Youth. Some financial institutions offer student bank accounts specifically for students and young adults
  • Foreigners /457 visa holders. Not all bank accounts are accessible to visitors who may be staying in Australia temporarily

What else should I consider when comparing student bank accounts?

When choosing a bank account, many factors come into play including spending style, location, future financial goals, comfort with technology, and general preference.

You should consider how you like to deposit, spend, and save money. You should consider whether there’s a branch location near where you live as well as ATMs in your area for easy access. Ask yourself whether you’re comfortable banking online or if you’d prefer to do your business in person at a branch location. Finally, consider your goals and where your wish to be in your financial life in the future. Choosing a bank that offers good mortgages, savings accounts, and other financial products in anticipation of the future can be an effective way to create a strong relationship with your bank.