Monday, 12 March 2012

Pre Approved Student Credit Cards

Chances are that if you attend Uni, or are at the age to, you've been deluged with offers to apply for your pre-approved student credit card. If they haven't landed in your postbox, you'll find all the major card suppliers and banks vying for your attention at the freshers faires when you start your year. Is there really a difference between a student credit card and a regular low interest card - other than all the free swag you can get if you apply at the faires?

The answer is both yes and no. A student card is rather like a regular card on stabilisers - helping to keep you steady while you get the hang of managing your newfound financial independence. It's designed with features that make it appealing and especially useful to a student who is just starting off building a credit history. Generally, they carry a relatively low APR (annual interest rate) and have very small credit limits - usually between £250-£500. In addition, they will also carry reward points for things that are attractive to a student - discounts on music, travel, books and other things from UK merchants.

There are many different options out on offer. Nearly every one of the major card companies offers at least one card designed specifically for students. Though they share a lot of features, it's really worth it to compare cards with one another to get the best deal for you.

There are some great comparison websites which are a great place to start. In addition to offering descriptions and links to all the best offers, you'll also find information on how to choose a credit card, how to compare and how to use credit responsibly. If you're considering applying as a student, here's some helpful advice on how to decide which one is the right one for you.

Before you compare.
You don't have a past credit history to consider, but you do know yourself and the way that you generally spend money. Different types of credit cards are designed for different kinds of spenders.

Does money burn a hole in your pocket? You've got to have the latest thing, even if it means paying it out of your pocket money for months to get it?
In that case, you'll want to look at student credit cards with the lowest possible rate of interest so that it won't cost you a lot to carry a balance from month to month. When you compare options look for the ones with low APRs.

When you borrow money, are you uncomfortable until it's paid back, and do you try to pay it back as soon as possible?
The APR isn't as important to you. It's not completely insignificant, but if you pay off your balance every month, the interest rate doesn't matter quite as much. Instead, when you compare, look for the one that gives you the kind of rewards that you'll use, whether it's points to spend on the latest music, or contributions to your favorite charity.

When you decide what sort is right for you, visit a comparison site and find the one that's right for you. You'll find all that you need to choose and apply for a student credit card right there.

About the author:
Jon Francis has been involved in various areas with the world of finance and has a keen eye for a bargin! He has an in-depth knowledge of student credit cards market and now helps others get the best from a credit card. For more information visit

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