HSBC | Student credit card

6512 reviews

Representative 18.9% APR

Intro purchase rate: 0% for 56 months

Purchase rate: 18.9%

Representative example:

Representative Example: The standard interest rate on purchases is 18.9% p.a. (variable), so when borrowing £1,200 the Representative APR will be 18.9% (variable).

HSBC | Student credit card customer reviews.

6512 reviews

1.3 out of 5 stars

Our review of HSBC | Student credit card

The HSBC Student Credit Card is only available to customers that already hold a HSBC Student Bank Account and don’t have any other student accounts elsewhere. As a bonus, if you are already registered with online banking then you can apply for the card on their website. Once accepted you will receive documentation in the post which you’ll then need to sign and send back to them for the process to be completed.

To give their customers peace of mind, HSBC offer their Student Credit Card holders access to a dedicated team that can help if the card is lost or stolen, even if it happens abroad. This means that you won’t be left stranded as you can apply for an emergency cash advance which you’ll pay back at a later date. You’ve also got control over your HSBC Student Credit Card via online banking where you can make and manage payments.

Across the board, the HSBC Student Credit Card has average scores, including their simplicity and features. When searching the web for customer reviews there are none specific to the HSBC Student Credit Card, but we can look at the reviews on HSBC as a whole. Quite disappointingly they’ve received a rating of ‘bad’ from Trustpilot with customers complaining that they’ve had problems with their online accounts getting locked and poor communication from their customer service department.

Overall verdict: Despite the poor online reviews HSBC are one of the most well-known names in banking and there are satisfied reviewers out there. The rate for the HSBC Student Credit Card is competitive and the low initial credit limit can help students to learn how to use credit responsibly.

Andrew Freelander
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Andrew Freelander
Brand & Content Manager at Choose Wisely

Andrew joined Choose Wisely 5 years ago, originally working in a design capacity to make sure the website was simple to use. Most notably he worked with the Consumer Finance Association to design the comparison table of choice for High-Cost Short Term Finance products.


  • Competitive representative APR of 18.9%
  • Manage the card with online banking
  • 24 hour worldwide assistance and HSBC Mobile Banking App
  • No annual fee
  • Cashback available through Visa Offers
  • Up to £500 credit available

Minimum criteria

  • You must be aged 18 or over
  • You must have been a resident of the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for at least 3 years
  • You must not have a student account with another bank
  • You must be/or are intending to be a university, college or part time student
  • You must be able to provide proof of your educational acceptance


  • Introductory Purchase Rate: 0%
  • Balance Transfer Rate: 0%
  • Balance Transfer Fee: £2.9
  • Purchase Rate: 18.9%
  • Fee Amount: £2.9
  • Representative APR: 18.9%

About HSBC | Student credit card

The HSBC Student Credit Card has an initial capped credit limit of £500, interest is charged at a representative APR of 18.9% and there is no annual fee to pay. The credit limit can be increased if you prove yourself to be responsible with credit, however this amount will depend on your personal circumstances and previous experience with credit. To apply you can complete the application online, over the phone or by attending an appointment in branch. If you want to apply online then you will need to already have a HSBC Student Bank Account and must have already registered for online banking.

There are a number of benefits that come with the HSBC Student Credit Card such as 24 hour worldwide assistance if your card is lost or stolen. Customers are also able to manage their card using online banking to check the balance and make payments.

To be able to apply for the HSBC Student Credit Card you will need to prove that you are already studying or intending to study at a university or college, either full or part-time, in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. You can do so with a letter from UCAS stating your place of education.

Company information

Registration number: 14259

0800 032 4735

8 Canada Square, London E14 5HQ

FCA registration

Reference No: 114216

Trading names: First Direct First Direct Classic Visa First Direc

Place of business: 8 Canada Square, London E14 5HQ

Data protection registration

Registration No: Z5734875

Data controller: HSBC BANK PLC

Address: 8 Canada Square, London E14 5HQ

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