FREE 4 year 16-25 railcard with Santander 123 Student Account!
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FREE 4 year 16-25 railcard with Santander 123 Student Account!

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Found 8th Aug 2014
I couldn't believe it myself but I've looked through all the details and all you have to do is register for online banking and pay in £500 a month! You can even just close the account after getting the railcard!

I've already got a year recently but I'm going to ring up tomorrow and see if they'd be able to extend it somehow, although I see it unlikely.

I know, students, etc etc, but we're the ones securing this countries future, so see it as you wish

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Done this a while back, didn't pay any money in and got the railcard within a few days after registering it online. Worth the effort for a massive saving.

They've been giving away free railcards to students for years. Doesn't seem overly impressive to me anyway - 4 years of a railcard costs £100, loads of banks will give you £100 in cash.

They won't be able to extend anything, you'll get a code and have to order a new one.

callum9999

They've been giving away free railcards to students for years. Doesn't … They've been giving away free railcards to students for years. Doesn't seem overly impressive to me anyway - 4 years of a railcard costs £100, loads of banks will give you £100 in cash.They won't be able to extend anything, you'll get a code and have to order a new one.



I don't know of any other student account that gives £100, nor any other that gives any freebies come to mind.

This is a relatively well known offer but I've not seen it on here before - have some heat

edwardlau88

I don't know of any other student account that gives £100, nor any other … I don't know of any other student account that gives £100, nor any other that gives any freebies come to mind.



You're kidding, right? If not, have a look at this link and you'll be surprised.

Most banks used to offer the railcard, but that's (apparently) not what's wanted nowadays, being replaced by bigger overdrafts as the top choice.
Edited by: "Darwa" 9th Aug 2014

the link doesn't work for me? Thanks

Works for me -

savethestudent.org/mon…tml

(oh yes, true - the main link from the top post doesn't work, no)
Edited by: "PD101" 9th Aug 2014

Original Poster

If this deal is so popular why didn't it appear in the results when I searched it? And if it was so popular why didn't anyone in here post it?

edwardlau88

I don't know of any other student account that gives £100, nor any other … I don't know of any other student account that gives £100, nor any other that gives any freebies come to mind.

callum9999

They've been giving away free railcards to students for years. Doesn't … They've been giving away free railcards to students for years. Doesn't seem overly impressive to me anyway - 4 years of a railcard costs £100, loads of banks will give you £100 in cash.They won't be able to extend anything, you'll get a code and have to order a new one.



So you've just proven that there are no student accounts that give away £100, that's what you were trying to do?




£100 worth of railcard for free isn't very impressive? Maybe you find a free flying disc from Halfords more impressive... or a free pack of colouring pens?

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PD101

Works for me - … Works for me - http://www.savethestudent.org/money/student-banking/student-bank-accounts.html(oh yes, true - the main link from the top post doesn't work, no)



The link should work but I think HUKD try to add referral bits into it. I did a direct copy paste from the page on santander

I tried opening that account last year and after two months of back and forth they told me I couldn't because I had been on study abroad for a few months. Not impressed

napolimp

So you've just proven that there are no student accounts that give away … So you've just proven that there are no student accounts that give away £100, that's what you were trying to do?



No I didn't, and no I wasn't.

Taz - it's pay in £500 per academic term, (not per month) for the Student a/c.

Son got his Student rail card via Santander last autumn and he finds it very useful - even gets the discount on all local journeys after 9.30 a.m. He's graduated now and has over 3 years left on the Rail card!

Edited by: "sjs31" 9th Aug 2014

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sjs31

Taz - it's pay in £500 per academic term, (not per month) for the Student … Taz - it's pay in £500 per academic term, (not per month) for the Student a/c. Son got his Student rail card via Santander last autumn and he finds it very useful - even gets the discount on all local journeys after 9.30 a.m. He's graduated now and has over 3 years left on the Rail card!



Oh! lol. I'll make an edit

Darwa

No I didn't, and no I wasn't.



Show us this legendary account which gives us £100

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edwardlau88

Show us this legendary account which gives us £100



There are accounts that give you £100 for switiching - that's moving a current account somewhere else. So it's hardly £100 for free. And anyway, you can get this 4 year railcard and other accounts you want. I see this as a no brainer to those eligible.

edwardlau88

Show us this legendary account which gives us £100



I never said there was a "legendary account which gives us £100". I merely provided a link to demonstrate that there a lot of accounts that give 'us' freebies.

must redeem within a month or they won't give you it.

Darwa

I never said there was a "legendary account which gives us £100". I … I never said there was a "legendary account which gives us £100". I merely provided a link to demonstrate that there a lot of accounts that give 'us' freebies.



you have kind of proven him correct, no account comes close other than one other which is providing a £60 amazon voucher...

this is offering a £100 value free.

just looks like you are trying to start arguments.

jackvdbuk

you have kind of proven him correct, no account comes close other than … you have kind of proven him correct, no account comes close other than one other which is providing a £60 amazon voucher...this is offering a £100 value free.just looks like you are trying to start arguments.



If that's what you see, I suggest that you look again, including reading my comment at #17.

napolimp

So you've just proven that there are no student accounts that give away … So you've just proven that there are no student accounts that give away £100, that's what you were trying to do?£100 worth of railcard for free isn't very impressive? Maybe you find a free flying disc from Halfords more impressive... or a free pack of colouring pens?



No, I find £100 in cash more impressive...

Why on Earth are you being so touchy? Of course it's still a good deal - I didn't say it wasn't. I was merely providing context because the OP "couldn't believe it" that they could get a 4 year railcard from a bank.

edwardlau88

I don't know of any other student account that gives £100, nor any other … I don't know of any other student account that gives £100, nor any other that gives any freebies come to mind.This is a relatively well known offer but I've not seen it on here before - have some heat



Why does it need to be a student account? The others will presumably launch their freebies closer to the new term, but this will probably be the best.

I guess being someone who is actually good with managing money, things like this don't overly impress me. Which as I've already said, doesn't therefore mean they aren't any good - just that they aren't "unbelievable".

callum9999

Why does it need to be a student account? The others will presumably … Why does it need to be a student account? The others will presumably launch their freebies closer to the new term, but this will probably be the best.I guess being someone who is actually good with managing money, things like this don't overly impress me. Which as I've already said, doesn't therefore mean they aren't any good - just that they aren't "unbelievable".



Any chance you could give me the link to the £100 cash freebie?

Yes, I totally understand where you're coming from, if you're good with managing money, why would you want a railcard free for 4 years? Especially when you could just pay for it.

napolimp

Any chance you could give me the link to the £100 cash freebie?Yes, I … Any chance you could give me the link to the £100 cash freebie?Yes, I totally understand where you're coming from, if you're good with managing money, why would you want a railcard free for 4 years? Especially when you could just pay for it.



Halifax and the Co-operative Bank (£100 + £25 to charity) are running one at the moment. Numerous banks do it at numerous times throughout the year though.

Because the reason why I'm good with managing money is that I don't dismiss things like a free railcard, which will save me £150 odd (I'll be at university more than 4 years and have just received my 5th free year from Natwest) just because I could afford to get it with cash!

Sorry, what do you mean must redeem within a month? Can't do that as the student loan doesn't come in until mid September and haven't got the £500 to pay in until them.
Thanks

callum9999

Halifax and the Co-operative Bank (£100 + £25 to charity) are running one … Halifax and the Co-operative Bank (£100 + £25 to charity) are running one at the moment. Numerous banks do it at numerous times throughout the year though.Because the reason why I'm good with managing money is that I don't dismiss things like a free railcard, which will save me £150 odd (I'll be at university more than 4 years and have just received my 5th free year from Natwest) just because I could afford to get it with cash!



Learn to read sarcasm.

You clearly said it wasn't very impressive and that banks had been doing it for years, implying that it wasn't a hot deal and it shouldn't be on here. Now you're saying it's a good deal and you'll be getting it to save you £150. So I don't understand, do you just not want anyone else to know about it? Because you are clearly heavily contradicting yourself.

As far as the free £100 is concerned, it certainly is not £100 free cash. There are conditions that have to be met which make it much more difficult than the free railcard. The account must become your primary current account, you have to transfer your direct debits over to the account, and you must deposit a certain amount into the account every month, before they put £100 into your account. Also, if you choose to use one of these switching services, which come with the £100, the current account you transfer out of is automatically closed.

shropshirelass51

Sorry, what do you mean must redeem within a month? Can't do that as the … Sorry, what do you mean must redeem within a month? Can't do that as the student loan doesn't come in until mid September and haven't got the £500 to pay in until them.Thanks



Don't worry about that, they'll send you the code to redeem your railcard as soon as you open the account. Just get your railcard straight away, and then don't bother paying anything into the account, or you could even close it. This is what I did when I opened an account a year and a half ago and I had no problems.

napolimp

Learn to read sarcasm.You clearly said it wasn't very impressive and that … Learn to read sarcasm.You clearly said it wasn't very impressive and that banks had been doing it for years, implying that it wasn't a hot deal and it shouldn't be on here. Now you're saying it's a good deal and you'll be getting it to save you £150. So I don't understand, do you just not want anyone else to know about it? Because you are clearly heavily contradicting yourself.As far as the free £100 is concerned, it certainly is not £100 free cash. There are conditions that have to be met which make it much more difficult than the free railcard. The account must become your primary current account, you have to transfer your direct debits over to the account, and you must deposit a certain amount into the account every month, before they put £100 into your account. Also, if you choose to use one of these switching services, which come with the £100, the current account you transfer out of is automatically closed.



Learn to convey sarcasm.

I didn't imply anything of the sort - and have already corrected the assumption you've made that I think it's a bad deal several times. What more do you want? The OP described the deal as "unbelievable" - I was merely conveying that it's not unbelievable and is actually a rather standard deal.

No it doesn't need to become your main account and no you don't have to transfer direct debits (for Halifax anyway). If spending 2 minutes on internet banking transferring money in and out once for £100 doesn't appeal to you then sobeit. Yes the previous account closes - so what?

A good deal for the railcard, but I'd switch as soon as you receive it. The worst banking experience I have ever had. I'll be sticking to Lloyds/TSB despite the worse offer

Whilst a free railcard is great I'd stay clear of Santander if possible. I have had so much trouble with them so bad that I would rather pay for the railcard myself

You don't need to pay in £500 a month, only £500 per term.

For those getting confused by napolimp's confrontational attitude and argument look at the profile picture: "passion beyond reason"

Paying £500 a month is a bit high for students..

eloo

Paying £500 a month is a bit high for students..



The vast majority of students will have more than that going into the account per term from their student loans etc.

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Tomtech

The vast majority of students will have more than that going into the … The vast majority of students will have more than that going into the account per term from their student loans etc.



Apparently not actually £500 a month

i have two questions

1. does it cost anything to own this account?
2. I'm an apprentice and I'm considered a student since i am with a college for it, I'm earning around £800 a month, am i eligible or do you need to be a Uni student?

Tomtech

The vast majority of students will have more than that going into the … The vast majority of students will have more than that going into the account per term from their student loans etc.


In terms yeah but not monthly..

Be careful with SANTANDER they don't keep your old records after about six years they just delete them been on Fake Briton bbc channel show.

may be a silly question but do you have to be an actual student?

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ollie13239

may be a silly question but do you have to be an actual student?



The railcard is for any 16-25 year old, but as the student account with santander is a student account, you'd presume it's just for them.
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