Banks are always trying to attract students with various offers and incentives. The banks know that once they get a customer – the majority will remain with the same bank for many years to come.
The big three Irish banks AIB , Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank all have special deals to try and attract students
Ulster Bank – offer an Interest-free overdraft of upto €1500. You must be an existing customer with a current account with Ulster Bank for 12 months to apply for a student overdraft of up to €750 or you must be in receipt of a grant to receive up to €1,500 (dependent on your grant level).
Ulster Bank issue Visa Debit cards– which is another good reason to choose Ulster Bank. (Much easier for online shopping) . Ulster offer Free banking for all – including students.
Bank of Ireland is offering a free return flight to new third-level students who open an account with them. The flights leave from Dublin and Cork to London, Paris, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Stockholm, Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam and Rome. Students have to open an account before October 31st 2011 and then use the account ten times before the end of October 2011.
BOI offer interest free overdrafts for the first 9 months – in case your grant payment is delayed.. BOI banking is free for students – but beware of the charges BOI make once your student day are over.
AIB are offering a voucher for a free student travelcard (worth €12). They also offer interst free overdrafts of up to €1500