Who is the M Account for?
The M Account is our basic bank account. If you’re 16 or over and we’re unable to offer you one of our standard current accounts for any reason, this could be a good alternative. It’s our super straightforward current account and free to use
It’s also there for you if you've experienced financial difficulties or have a poor credit record. This might make it harder for you to be accepted for other bank accounts. If you're worried about this and would like some advice, give us a call to chat over your options.Speak to an adviser
What are the benefits?
It comes with our handy mobile app for smarter money management, plus a linked savings account
- You can open this account with little or no credit history
- We can accept non-standard IDIf you don't have ID like a passport or driving licence (along with a utility bill or bank statement) we can still help you. You'll just have to pop into a Store to chat over your options. for application
No Arranged Overdraft
There's no Arranged Overdraft with the M Account. If you need an overdraft and you're over 18 you can apply for an M Plus Account. If you're in need of financial help have a look at your options in our support hub.
You get a straightforward current account
- Pay in your salary, Universal credit or other income
- Set up Direct Debits and Standing Orders to manage your bills
- Use your contactless debit card to make purchases, or withdraw cash via ATM, in Store or at the Post Office
- No fees when you travel - we won’t charge you for spending on your card or withdrawing cash when you’re abroad.
Linked to an instant savings account
- Get interest paid on your balance every quarter
- Automatically sweep money to your current account from your savings
- Set up Savings Pots for your savings goals
AER1 (3.50% gross1 per annum variable) on savings balances up to £25,000, and 2.52% AER1 (2.50% gross1 per annum variable) on any balances above £25,000. Interest paid quarterly.
Manage your day-to-day spending
With the Virgin Money app and online banking
- Track your transactions
- See where you spend the most money and when.
- Keep up to date
- Set up instant alerts for when your balance changes.
- Start saving
- Grow your cash in Savings Pots.
- Budget better
- Set a budget for your spending and track your progress.
Frequently asked questions
No. We’ll check your credit file as part of our verification checks when you apply but we won’t use this information to decide if you can have the M Account.
If you apply for our standard account - the M Plus Account - or one of our other accounts, we’ll check your credit file to see if it’s right for you. If we can’t offer you one of these, we’ll see if you’d like the M Account instead.
There’ll be a footprint (a record of the search, in case you were wondering) on your credit file so other providers, like banks and building societies, can see that you’ve applied for an account.
Yes, absolutely. The M Account is there to help people who might not be eligible for a standard account – this could be due to credit history or current circumstances. Talk to us about your situation and we’ll tell you about our products so you can decide which one’s right for you.
There are no fees for day-to-day services and you won’t be charged for a refused payment. You can find out what we do charge for here.
If you’re over 18, we’ll try and identify you electronically. If this doesn’t work, we’ll ask you to provide identification documents to open the account. You’ll find a list of identification document options here Link opens in a new window. We know it’s not always an option to share passports and utility bills so we’re usually ok with alternatives. If that’s the case, we’ll need to talk to you in Store to understand what ID you can provide.
The serious bits
Protecting your money
Your eligible deposits with Virgin Money are covered up to £85,000 per person.View the FSCS guarantee
Before you apply
Before applying please make sure you have read the following:
What is the interest rate?
|Balance||Gross rate (%)||AER (%)|
|Balances up to and including £25,000||3.50%||3.55%|
|Balances over £25,000||2.50%||2.52%|
Interest is calculated on a daily basis and paid on the last working day of each calendar quarter.
Can Virgin Money change the interest rate?
Yes, if we decrease your rate we’ll provide at least 2 months’ notice as described in your Terms. We may increase your rate without giving you notice
What would the estimated balance be after 12 months based on:
|Initial deposit at account opening||Balance after 12 months|
This is only an example and doesn't take into account your individual circumstances.
The example assumes that:
- no further deposits or withdrawals are made;
- any interest earned stays in the account; and
- there is no change to the interest rate.
How do I open and manage my account?
You may only open an M Saver if you have an M Account with us in the same name(s). The M Saver will stay open as long as the M Account is maintained as described in the terms.
You can open the account in Store or by calling us on 0800 121 7365. Our team are available 24/7. In certain situations, we may also let you open this account online.
There are no minimum or maximum balance restrictions. And there’s no need to pay in on a regular basis. The M Account is available to selected customers from the age of 16. Subject to status.
Can I withdraw money?
You may only withdraw funds by transfer to your M Account or any other account that we allow you to make a transfer into using internet/telephone banking, the Virgin Money Mobile Banking app or in Store.
1 AER (Annual Equivalent Rate). The Annual Equivalent Rate illustrates what the interest rate would be if interest was paid and compounded once each year.
2 Interest will be paid gross. Gross rate interest is the interest payable without taking account of any tax payable.
Need some help?
See the key ways we support our current account customers when they need us.Learn more
See the answers to the questions we get asked most about our M Account.Frequently asked questions
0800 121 7365
Or if you're abroad, call us on
+44 141 221 7300
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