What's included

  • Fee-free
    There is no monthly fee for maintaining a basic bank account.
  • Text alerts to help you keep track
    Set your preferences for text alerts to help you manage your money. Register for text alerts.
  • Bank how you like
    Online, via our Internet Bank or Banking app, over the phone or in branch.
  • Available as a joint account
    This can be with your partner, a family member or a friend.

The FlexBasic account comes with Contactless, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and Paym payments and optional paperless statements.

Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay are available on selected devices and operating systems. Apple Pay and Apple are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Google Pay and Android are trademarks of Google LLC. Samsung and Samsung Pay are trademarks or registered trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

What's not included

  • An arranged overdraft
  • A chequebook
  • Interest on credit balances
  • Insurance benefits

To apply for FlexBasic

You need to:​

  • be 18 or over
  • be a UK resident
  • not hold another UK current account, or not be eligible for any of our other current accounts
  • agree the account is for personal use only.

Make banking easier with our secure app

  • Manage all your Nationwide accounts in one place
  • View and search your transactions
  • Freeze and unfreeze your Visa debit card
  • Report your card lost or stolen and order a new card

Take a tour of our Banking app

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Fees, charges and important documents

Applying for a current account

To open a current account, you will need the following details:​

  • address history for the past three years
  • employer’s address (if you’re employed)
  • a valid UK passport or full UK driving licence.

Information: You’ll still be able to apply for a current account if you don’t have a valid UK passport or a full UK driving licence, but we may need you to come in to branch with your ID. We’ll need to see proof of your name and your address.​

See more about proving your identity.

When you open a current account with us, we need to let you know about our most recent summary financial statement and auditors' report. These are published on our website. The summary financial statement shows a summary of our accounts, and you can access it by navigating to the 'Summary Financial Statement - PDF (opens in a new window)' page in our Review of the Year. You can also view our Review of the Year and latest full annual report and accounts, which contains our auditors' report, by navigating to our 'Results and Accounts' page and selecting the relevant year.

Check which current accounts we can offer you

Before you can apply for a FlexBasic account, we need to check your eligibility for our other current accounts.

Speak to us

In branch

Our friendly local branch teams can answer your questions and help you with your application.

Over the phone

Our UK-based team will help you over the phone.

You can call us:
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 9am to 1pm
Closed Sundays and bank holidays

UK: 03457 30 20 10
Abroad: +44 1793 65 67 89

I need help with my account

Our current account help section has the answers to our most commonly asked questions.

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Protecting your money

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (opens in a new window) (FSCS) is a free, independent service that protects up to £85,000 of your eligible money at Nationwide.

Find out more about the FSCS (PDF, 936KB)

Nationwide adheres to The Standards of Lending Practice which are monitored and enforced by the Lending Standards Board (LSB)