Give yourself some wiggle room
0% EAR (variable) on the first £25, 39.9% EAR (variable) thereafter, giving a representative rate of 38.9% APR (variable)
Based on an assumed arranged overdraft of £1,200 for an HSBC Bank Account
Check if you’re eligible
Find out if you’re likely to get an arranged overdraft, without affecting your credit score.
Using this tool won't affect your current arranged overdraft if you already have one with us.
What you’ll get with an overdraft from HSBC
- Handy text alerts to help you stay on top
We’ll let you know if you’ve gone overdrawn or are about to. Making it easier to stay on top of your finances.1
- Simple, capped interest if you go over your limit
There’s a monthly cap on unarranged overdraft charges of £20 on our accounts.
- An interest-free buffer for extra peace of mindMost of our accounts (excluding Basic Bank Account) come with safety buffer of £25 or more. So if a payment takes you a few pounds overdrawn, you won’t face interest or charges.
- An instant decision if you’ve already got an accountApply for a new or increased overdraft online or in our app. If you’re accepted, your funds will be available straight away.
How our overdrafts work
We offer 2 main types of overdraft: arranged and unarranged.
Who can apply
To be eligible for an arranged overdraft you’ll need to be 18 or over and have one of these current accounts:
- Premier Bank Account
- Advance Bank Account
- Bank Account
- Graduate Bank Account
- Student Bank Account
- Bank Account Pay Monthly
Overdrafts aren’t available to customers with one of our Basic Bank Accounts.
Please note that all overdrafts are repayable on demand.
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Apply for an arranged overdraft
Please ensure you read the important information in the 'Things you should know' section before applying.
Services in our branches and contact centres are currently limited because of the coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately we are unable to offer new products in branches or contact centres, or set up appointments at the moment.
If you’ve applied for a new account online recently, please allow extra time for your application to be processed as the queues are longer than usual – no need to call us, we’ll let you know when it’s ready to use.
We’re also receiving far more calls than usual, so our wait times are longer. Please check the information on our dedicated coronavirus hub page, which is updated regularly. Please only call us if it’s urgent, so we can help those most in need.
You can ask for an arranged overdraft when you open a current account with us. Overdrafts aren’t available with our Basic Bank Account.
You can apply for, increase, decrease or remove an arranged overdraft in online banking.
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If you’re worried about your overdraft use
If you find you’re using your overdraft frequently, it can end up costing you a lot in interest and fees. The good news is there are some practical steps you can take.
One place to start is by reviewing your monthly commitments and seeing if there’s anything you could cut back on. Perhaps you could switch to a cheaper energy deal, for instance, or cancel your TV subscription for a while. Having even a small surplus left in your account at the end of each month could save you money in overdraft interest and/or fees over time.
For more tips, read our article on managing your finances.
Getting help with money worries
If you’re ever finding it hard to manage your overdraft or financial situation in general, please get in touch. Our team of financial specialists will talk to you about your situation and help you find a solution.
Please use our Live Chat option if it’s available, or you can find our contact details at the bottom of this page.
Prefer to get help from someone else?
You can also get free, impartial advice from a number of independent organisations, including:
Things you should know
If you notice that you are relying on an overdraft for extended periods of time, consider asking us about alternative lending products that may better serve your needs.