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Virgin Money Essential Current Account Reviews

Ratings based on 31 reviews Last review 1 week ago

The Virgin Money Essential Current Account is a basic bank account designed to help you keep on top of your money. It has no overdraft, so no overdraft fees to worry about, and no charges for unpaid Direct Debits or standing orders, making it free for everyday use. You can service the account in Virgin Money Stores, Post Offices and with limited online services. It’s open to everyone – so whether you’ve been in financial difficulty, want to avoid it in the future, or simply fancy a simple, fee-free account, you’re welcome to apply.

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Your Essential Current Account Reviews (31)

5th November 2018

Does what it says on the tin. Sadly no smartphone app, yet!

In the 15 months since opening the account the account has performed fine & on the occasion I've been in to the Bolton branch the staff have been super. Called customer services 3 times & they were superb, sorted out my very slight issues, one of them...

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In the 15 months since opening the account the account has performed fine & on the occasion I've been in to the Bolton branch the staff have been super. Called customer services 3 times & they were superb, sorted out my very slight issues, one of them was down to me being a complete t1t.

VM change their card supplier from Visa to MasterCard & the new card was a contactless card, of which I didn't want. So I called CS asked if that feature could be disabled. I was advised that at the time it could not but the adviser did tell me that a lot of people were asking the same. He put my name down to be advised of when the ability to switch off the contactless feature was available. A few months later and I was notified & it was disabled.

Reply from Virgin Money
Good to hear from you Will. I'm pleased to hear you're happy with the account. There's no app available at the moment but I'll certainly pass your feedback on to the team. You know where I am if you need anything. Thanks, Holly
28th March 2018

Usability very poor

I cannot believe what this account has to offer. Can only be taken out in store only. If you want to amend or set up a direct debit or standing order, you have to go in store. Every bank I know you can do almost everything online other than this...

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I cannot believe what this account has to offer. Can only be taken out in store only. If you want to amend or set up a direct debit or standing order, you have to go in store. Every bank I know you can do almost everything online other than this account. The CEO of virgin money really needs to review and update his products.

Reply from Virgin Money
Hi Phil, thanks for your feedback! I'll be sure to pass that on to the relevant teams for you, just let me know if there's anything else I can help with. Thanks, Jane
8th February 2018

Very basic banking

Very basic banking account,online mamangement terrible, can view account but that’s it. Cannot transfer,look at direct debits etc. Some of these things such as transferring money to another person or company you cannot even do on the phone,you have to ...

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Very basic banking account,online mamangement terrible, can view account but that’s it. Cannot transfer,look at direct debits etc. Some of these things such as transferring money to another person or company you cannot even do on the phone,you have to go in branch to do.would not recommend

Reply from Virgin Money
Hi Sarah, thanks for your feedback. We’ll let you know right away if there’s any updates to the account. In the meantime if you have any questions just shout up. Thanks, Lindsay
23rd January 2018

Fantastic, personable service

I've been with virgin for over two years and they constantly amazed me with how they go out of their way to help. Whether it's following up on issues, helping to arrange things, or simply saying "leave it with me, I'll sort that for you" so I can get...

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I've been with virgin for over two years and they constantly amazed me with how they go out of their way to help. Whether it's following up on issues, helping to arrange things, or simply saying "leave it with me, I'll sort that for you" so I can get on with my day. They are 100% supportive of me and I would (and have) recommend them to everyone and anyone!

17th January 2018

Ghastly bank - one of the worst

I inherited this account since I was previously a happy Northern Rock client until they were taken over by Virgin. I tolerated them for a few years hoping they would be taken over or absorbed into another bank. No such luck. After poor service, lack...

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I inherited this account since I was previously a happy Northern Rock client until they were taken over by Virgin. I tolerated them for a few years hoping they would be taken over or absorbed into another bank. No such luck. After poor service, lack of facilities and awareness that customers are important, I gave up and closed the account. Not recommended.

23rd December 2017

Basic but brilliant

It may be basic but the Virgin Essential Account is number 1 on my personal list of must -haves. As a part- time worker, I really value not having to fret about fees or charges when I might be inadvertently overdrawn or there’s a problem with my d...

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It may be basic but the Virgin Essential Account is number 1 on my personal list of must -haves. As a part- time worker, I really value not having to fret about fees or charges when I might be inadvertently overdrawn or there’s a problem with my direct debits. Not like some other banks I could mention!
Plus I get to earn monthly interest on my balances, and it‘s handy to be able to manage my account online, via phone or through visits to the plush Virgin money lounges. I’ve visited the lounges on many occasions for advice and the staff bend over backwards to help you. The coffee is also excellent! More importantly, this account recognises diversity of income in being open to people on Universal Credit. I feel that this product and its benefits are bringing the humanity back into banking at a time when it is being stripped away by other providers.

21st November 2017

Welcoming

The staff are easy to talk to. The atmosphere is welcoming. The staff know the meaning of the phrase 'personal banking' and never make you feel that you are wasting their time, no matter what the query is. I'm so glad to have opened my account with...

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The staff are easy to talk to. The atmosphere is welcoming. The staff know the meaning of the phrase 'personal banking' and never make you feel that you are wasting their time, no matter what the query is. I'm so glad to have opened my account with them. Thank you.

21st November 2017

Excellent service

Virgin bank customer are still able to receive a face to face personal service. It is a proper service which treats its customers as valued and important clients. There is always adequate staff to deal with providing a service on a timely and...

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Virgin bank customer are still able to receive a face to face personal service. It is a proper service which treats its customers as valued and important clients. There is always adequate staff to deal with providing a service on a timely and courteous manner.

21st November 2017

Fast and helpful

When setting up a new joint account the staff in my local branch were very helpful and efficient. We had our two children with us who were rapidly growing bored. But before we knew it we were finished and the cards and paperwork were in the post by...

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When setting up a new joint account the staff in my local branch were very helpful and efficient. We had our two children with us who were rapidly growing bored. But before we knew it we were finished and the cards and paperwork were in the post by the end of the week. Excellent service coupled with beginners like the lounges make Virgin Money my first choice.

18th November 2017

Treating the customer more than fairly

Having tolerated atrocious service and attitudes from RBS in recent years I am overjoyed to have transferred to Virgin Bank as the staff are not only helpful they do truly make you feel a valued customer.

16th November 2017

Pioneering banking

Very friendly, some of the best rates, great lounge facilities.

Reply from Virgin Money
Great to know you're making good use of our Lounges, Mitchell! You can find other Virgin Money benefits here; https://uk.virginmoney.com/virgin/service/offers-and-prizes/. Thanks, Jane
16th November 2017

Doing what a bank should do.

When our previous building society decided to stop current accounts we had a check on what was available and choose Virgin Money. We should have changed to them years ago. The help they gave changing accounts was excellent and the support and rewards...

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When our previous building society decided to stop current accounts we had a check on what was available and choose Virgin Money. We should have changed to them years ago. The help they gave changing accounts was excellent and the support and rewards are great as well. Use the Virgin Lounge is the icing on the cake.

16th November 2017

Excellent service!!!

I had a very difficult time losing my job and then losing my father. Times were tough, I needed to reorganise my debt and and move out of my home. Virgin Money was the one bank that was there for me, offering a basic account to help me get back on my...

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I had a very difficult time losing my job and then losing my father. Times were tough, I needed to reorganise my debt and and move out of my home. Virgin Money was the one bank that was there for me, offering a basic account to help me get back on my feet. The branch staff in Cardiff could not have been more understanding and helpful!
Things are now getting better in my personal life. I will be launching my own business shortly. I am so happy with how things have evolved over the last 12 months and I can honestly say that without the support from Virgin Money, I wouldn't be in the position I am now to move forward and live my life again. Thanks Virgin Money!