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A little breathing space when you need it

Open to UK residents aged 18 or over with an eligible Ulster Bank current account. Lending is subject to credit review and approval.

What are the different types of overdraft?


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This is a set limit we agree with you (after you've successfully applied). The limit then lets you spend more than you actually have in your current account. This might be on things like paying a bill just before pay day that you'd forgotten about.

As an example, if you have an arranged overdraft of £100, and £50 of your own money in your current account, you could then make a payment of up to £150 because of the arranged overdraft. 


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An unarranged overdraft is where you spend more money than you have in your current account and haven't agreed an arranged overdraft limit beforehand. You’ll also go into an unarranged overdraft if you go over the agreed limit of your arranged overdraft, if you have one.

If you enter an unarranged overdraft you may be charged unarranged overdraft interest and unarranged borrowing fees depending on the type of current account you have, how long you remain in that position and the type of transaction that generated an unarranged overdraft.

How could an overdraft help?

Peace of mind

An overdraft provides you with breathing space when you need it. It can also help if an unexpected bill comes out of your account.

Borrow to suit you

Borrow up to a maximum of one month’s salary, subject to approval. For limits higher than £15k or temporary limits please contact your branch.

No hidden costs

There are no set up or renewal fees, and as long as you stay within your agreed limit, you only pay monthly interest on what you borrow.

Flexible limits

Remove your overdraft, or change your limit whenever you want. There’s no set amount to pay back each month, although interest charges will apply.

Fees and charges

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Arranged overdrafts
There are no set up fees for an arranged overdraft, but you could be charged arranged overdraft interest depending on the type of current account you have, how much of the limit you've used and how long you use it for. 

Unarranged overdrafts
There are charges involved for using an unarranged overdraft. This can often work out more expensive than using an arranged overdraft.  You will have to pay a Paid Referral Fee, a Guaranteed Card Payment Fee or an Unpaid Transaction Fee. If an unarranged overdraft arises, you will also have to pay the Maintenance Charge and unarranged overdraft interest on the amount overdrawn. We won't charge the Paid Referral Fee if we have charged you a Guaranteed Card Payment Fee on the same day.

For full details of our fees and charges and examples of how our charging works please read A guide to personal accounts fees and interest and A guide to our personal accounts.

Helpful tips on how to avoid unarranged borrowing

Keep an eye on your account

There are lots of ways to check your balance and stay within your limit.

Mobile Banking
Keep track of your money wherever you are with our secure and easy to use mobile app. More about our apps

Anytime Banking
Check your balance, pay bills and make transfers 24/7 from the comfort of your home. More about Anytime Banking

Text Alerts
Alerts are a simple way to keep up-to-date with your accounts and avoid unnecessary charges. More about Text Alerts


Plan ahead

Knowing exactly where you stand with your money will help you to plan ahead and manage your outgoings.

  • Write down what money is coming in and what needs to go out each month
  • Set up standing orders and Direct Debits to pay your monthly bills
  • A good time for payments to leave your account is just after you’ve been paid
  • Book a personal finance review if you need help to organise your finances


Consider your options

Due to unforeseen circumstances and expenses, you may sometimes need flexibility with your borrowing. We have a range of borrowing options that could help.

Personal Loans
A longer term borrowing option where the interest rate is fixed from the outset so you know exactly what to budget for each month. Read more

Credit cards
A flexible and convenient way to borrow. Read more

Eligible accounts

Arranged overdrafts are available on the following accounts:
Current, Private, Current Plus*, ufirstgold, ufirst Private, Student and Graduate Accounts.

Arranged overdrafts are not available on following accounts:
Step, Dual*, Service, Adapt, or Facility Accounts.

*These accounts are no longer available to new customers.

What if I have a student or graduate account?

Student outside Queen's university

To help you through your student days we offer an interest-free overdraft of up to £3,000 depending on your course (subject to credit review and approval).

You can also apply for an interest-free overdraft of up to £1,500 (subject to credit review and approval) for up to one year after you graduate.         

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Common questions

An overdraft is repayable on demand. Overdrafts may not be exceeded without prior permission. If you exceed your limit, we will charge interest at the rate stated in A guide to personal accounts fees and interest. A Maintenance Charge and other charges may also apply. 

Ulster Bank subscribes to the lending code. The Code can be found here.

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