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45.4% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 02m 48s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £3,000 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 45.4% APR and an annual interest rate of 23.00% (fixed), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £140.84. The total charge for credit will be £2,070.24 and the total amount payable will be £5,070.24.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £500 - £5,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • You don't need to have a good credit history
  • Existing customers can borrow up to £5,000
  • Quick application, money usually transferred within 24 hours
  • Competitive APR
  • Your guarantor can be a homeowner or a tenant

Watch out for

  • You must have a guarantor
  • Your guarantor must be older than 18 years old and no older than 75 years when the loan completes
  • Your guarantor will need to make the repayments if you cant afford to
  • Your guarantor must have have a good credit history

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 45.4%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £15
99.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 02m 43s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £1,810 over 24 months at a Representative rate of 99.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 71.30% (fixed), you would pay 24 monthly instalments of £143.48. The total charge for credit will be £1,810.48 and the total amount payable will be £3,620.96.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £5,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 24 months

Top choice for

  • Quick application process and decision
  • No interest is charged on your birthday
  • Customer service team available via live chat 24/7
  • Overpayments made without charge

Watch out for

  • You must be between 18 and 70 years old to apply
  • You must apply online
  • You must be a UK resident
  • You must have a bank account with debit card facilities
  • You must receive a net monthly income of at least £700

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 99.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £12
49.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
Fast 01m 33s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Great
Representative Example: If you borrow £4,000 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 49.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 49.90% (variable), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £195.16. The total charge for credit will be £3,025.76 and the total amount payable will be £7,025.76.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £500 - £7,500
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • No fees of any kind
  • You don't need to have a good credit history
  • You don't need to have direct debit facilities
  • Your guarantor does not need to own their home
  • You don't have to have been a resident of the UK for a specified length of time

Watch out for

  • You will need a guarantor
  • If you have a poor credit history, it's likely your guarantor will need to be a homeowner
  • Your guarantor will need to make your repayments if you can't afford to

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 49.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
49.7% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 03m 15s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £2,600.00 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 49.7% APR and an annual interest rate of 41.00% (fixed), you would pay 35 monthly instalments of £126.61 and a final payment of £126.54. The total charge for credit will be £1,957.89 and the total amount payable will be £4,557.89.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £8,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • You don’t need perfect credit history
  • Easy payment management with online portal
  • Your guarantor can be your partner
  • Your guarantor does not need to be a homeowner

Watch out for

  • You and your guarantor must be over 21
  • Your guarantor will also need a good credit rating
  • Your guarantor must not be a customer of Bamboo
  • Your guarantor will need a UK bank account
  • Your sole income cannot be from Job Seekers Allowance

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 49.7%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £12
49.7% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 02m 10s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £3,500 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 49.7% APR and an annual interest rate of 31.90% (fixed), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £170.56. The total charge for credit will be £2,640.16 and the total amount payable will be £6,140.16.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £7,500
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • Fast track same day payout
  • Customer and regulation focussed
  • Positive reviews online
  • Available to customers with bad credit

Watch out for

  • Your guarantor will need to be over 25 years old
  • Your guarantor must have good credit history
  • Both must not be under an IVA or bankruptcy
  • Your guarantor must have a minimum income of £1,000pm
  • Both must have a valid UK bank account and debit card

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 49.7%
  • Arrangement fee: £100
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £12
49.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 02m 35s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £3,250.00 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 49.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 41.16% (fixed), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £158.57. The total charge for credit will be £2,464 and the total amount payable will be £5,714.67.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £7,500
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • Good option for those with bad credit
  • Online portal for easy management
  • Approval decision within the hour
  • No paperwork to complete, 100% online
  • Your guarantor does not need to be a homeowner

Watch out for

  • Your guarantor must be aged between 18-75
  • Your guarantor must have a good credit score
  • Your guarantor must have a minimum income of £1,000pm
  • Your guarantor must have a UK bank account

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 49.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £12
38.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 01m 45s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £4,500 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 38.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 33.30% (fixed), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £199.26. The total charge for credit will be £2,673.36 and the total amount payable will be £7,173.36.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £10,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • They accept tenants as guarantors
  • Your guarantor can be anyone, including your spouse
  • Online quote doesn’t leave a credit footprint
  • Online management tool
  • Funds available fairly quickly after approval

Watch out for

  • No bankruptcy, debt management plan or IVA
  • Your guarantor must have good credit history
  • Your guarantor must be aged between 21 and 70
  • Your guarantor must be either employed, self-employed or retired
  • For loans over £6,000 your guarantor must be a homeowner

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 59.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £40
  • Late payment penalties: £0
68.7% APR Representative
Time to apply
Fast 01m 32s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £500 over 40 days at a Representative rate of 68.7% APR and an annual interest rate of 292% (variable), you would pay 1 instalment of £660.00. The total charge for credit will be £160.00 and the total amount payable will be £660.00.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1 - £500
  • Loan term: 0 - 365 days

Top choice for

  • Repayments taken when you have sufficient funds in your account
  • SafetyNet have their own app
  • Takes only 15 minutes to transfer from your credit line
  • Automatic payments to cover overdrafts

Watch out for

  • Must be a UK resident
  • You must be aged over 18
  • You must be employed
  • You will need to have a salary or regular income
  • You will need a current account with internet banking

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 68.7%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
15.5% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 04m 00s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Okay
Representative Example: If you borrow £10,000 over 24 months at a Representative rate of 15.5% APR and an annual interest rate of 12% (fixed), you would pay 24 monthly instalments of £482.50. The total charge for credit will be £1,580.00 (including an arrangement fee of £120) and the total amount payable will be £11,580.00.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £2,000 - £15,000
  • Loan term: 24 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • You can settle the loan early
  • Peer-to-peer style lending
  • Your interest rate is based on a risk grade
  • You will be matched with the best lender for you

Watch out for

  • You will need to provide your Equifax score
  • You must register for a User Account to apply

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 15.5%
  • Arrangement fee: £325
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £25
79.4% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 01m 46s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £3,000.00 over 24 months at a Representative rate of 79.4% APR and an annual interest rate of 59.9% (fixed), you would pay 24 monthly instalments of £217.24. The total charge for credit will be £2,213.68 and the total amount payable will be £5,213.68.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £15,000
  • Loan term: 24 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • Aimed at those with bad credit history
  • Positive customer reviews online
  • Advice articles for improving credit on their website

Watch out for

  • You must be aged 18 years or over
  • You will need to be in full time employment

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 79.4%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
11.2% APR Representative
Time to apply
Slow 05m 00s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £4,500 over 125 months at a Representative rate of 11.22% APR and an annual interest rate of 11.10% (variable); after graduation 9.10% pa.(variable), you would pay 5 payments of £30/month, until 3 months after graduation; 119 payments of £61.90/month; 1 payment of £61.50. The total charge for credit will be £2,077.60 and (inc. set up fee of £292.50) the total amount payable will be £7,577.60.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £2,500 - £40,000
  • Loan term: 1 - 150 months

Top choice for

  • Can be used for tuition, living costs or studying abroad
  • Tuition funds go straight to the university
  • Can be used alongside government student loan
  • Great customer service

Watch out for

  • You must be aged 18 or above
  • You will need to be enrolled in an accredited UK university
  • UK or EU citizen in the UK
  • Have an average credit history and agree to credit check
  • Non-EU citizens will need a guarantor

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 11.22%
  • Arrangement fee: £6.5
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £12
Representative Example: If you borrow £5,000 over 24 months at a Representative rate of 29.0% APR and an annual interest rate of 10.00% (fixed), you would pay 24 monthly instalments of £268.72. The total charge for credit will be £1,449.28 and the total amount payable will be £6,449.28.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £10,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • No set up fees
  • Your guarantor will receive a month's payment back as a reward for you repaying your first 12 month's payments on time and in full

Watch out for

  • You must be a homeowner
  • Your guarantor must be a homeowner
  • Your guarantor cannot be your spouse or partner

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 29.01%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
48.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 03m 02s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Okay
Representative Example: If you borrow £3,000.00 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 48.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 10% (fixed) and annual service fee of 30.48% (fixed) , you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £145.17. The total charge for credit will be £2,226.12 and the total amount payable will be £5,226.12.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £10,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • Peer-to-peer guarantor lending
  • Repay the loan early with no charges
  • One month’s cashback at the end of the loan

Watch out for

  • Your guarantor must be over 21
  • Your guarantor will need to have good credit history
  • You must be a UK resident
  • You need to be over the age of 18
  • You can't have any active CCJs, IVAs or a history of bankruptcy

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 48.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £11.5
47.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 03m 20s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £2,500 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 47.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 47.90% (fixed), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £120.04. The total charge for credit will be £821.44 and the total amount payable will be £3,321.44.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £500 - £5,000
  • Loan term: 6 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • Your guarantor does not need to be a homeowner
  • You can make overpayments with no fees or charges
  • Monthly repayments are fixed to help with budgeting

Watch out for

  • You will need to have a UK current account
  • Your guarantor will need to be a UK citizen
  • Your guarantor must be over 18 years old
  • Your guarantor needs to be a homeowner or tenant

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 79%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
99% APR Representative
Time to apply
Slow 05m 00s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £1,200 over 52 weeks at a representative rate of 99% APR and an annual interest rate of 69% (variable), you would pay 1 weekly instalment of £43.46 and 51 monthly instalments of £32.09. The total charge for credit will be £480.05 and the total amount payable will be £1,680.05.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £5,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 36 months

Top choice for

  • Flexible payment plan
  • Their team can speak over 27 languages
  • Mobile app allows easy management of the loan
  • Refer a friend and receive £10
  • No fees or charges for settling the loan early

Watch out for

  • You must be aged over 18
  • You will need to have been in the UK for at least 6 months
  • You must earn at least £700 per month
  • You must not be in debt management
  • You can’t be bankrupt or have an IVA

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 99%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
48.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 03m 00s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £4,500.00 over 48 months at a Representative rate of 48.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 25.84% (fixed), you would pay 48 monthly instalments of £190.65. The total charge for credit will be £4,651.20 and the total amount payable will be £9,151.20.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £15,000
  • Loan term: 24 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • Guarantor loans available up to £15,000
  • You don’t need to have perfect credit to apply
  • Funds available quickly after approval
  • No arrangement fees

Watch out for

  • You will need to be a homeowner to apply for larger loan amounts
  • You will need to have a regular monthly income
  • Your guarantor needs to be between 18 and 78 years old
  • Your guarantor needs to be a UK homeowner
  • Your guarantor must have a regular income

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 48.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
52.6% APR Representative
Time to apply
Fast 01m 23s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Okay
Representative Example: If you borrow £6,000 over 120 months at a Representative rate of 52.6% APR and an annual interest rate of 40.34% (variable), you would pay 120 monthly instalments of £181.94. The total charge for credit will be £16,832.80 and the total amount payable will be £22,832.80.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £15,000
  • Loan term: 24 - 180 months

Top choice for

  • Loans available up to 15 years
  • Quick online enquiry that doesn’t leave credit footprint
  • Funds paid directly into your account

Watch out for

  • You must be a homeowner and live in that home
  • You will need to be employed and earn £800 per month
  • You will need to be aged between 21 and 70
  • You will need to be able to afford the monthly repayments

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 52.62%
  • Arrangement fee: £295
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
45.3% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 03m 12s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £2,000 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 45.3% APR and an annual interest rate of 38.00% (fixed), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £93.90. The total charge for credit will be £1,380.40 and the total amount payable will be £3,380.40.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £10,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • No early repayment or late fees
  • Simple online application
  • Funds available same day as approval
  • Rates based on your credit history

Watch out for

  • You must be aged 18 or over
  • You need to have a UK bank account
  • You will need a valid debit card to repay the loan
  • You must be employed and receive a regular paycheque
  • You must be a resident of the UK

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 89%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
43.8% APR Representative
Time to apply
Fast 01m 31s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £4,000 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 43.8% APR and an annual interest rate of 36.90% (fixed), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £185.27. The total charge for credit will be £2,669.72 and the total amount payable will be £6,669.72.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £7,500
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • You don’t need to have good credit history
  • Your guarantor can be a tenant or homeowner
  • You can choose weekly or monthly repayments
  • They don’t charge any upfront fees

Watch out for

  • You will need to be aged over 18 years
  • You must be a UK resident
  • No bankruptcy, IVAs or debt management plans
  • Your guarantor must be aged between 25 and 74
  • Your guarantor can be someone close to you but not a spouse

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 43.8%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0

Welcome to the bad credit loans page. The first thing you need to consider when using this page is what does the term “bad credit loans” actually mean? 

For the purposes of the information you’ll find on this page, I’m defining bad credit loans as loans that are available to those with a bad or poor credit history. Your credit history is determined by the record of how you have used any credit accounts that have been made available to you. Credit accounts are accounts that show up on your credit file - so contract mobile phones, accounts for your household utility bills, any bank accounts, credit cards or loans. If you’ve never had a credit account, you’ll fall into the bad credit category too. If you’ve made three or more late payments or defaulted on a credit account, then you have what will be considered a bad credit history. If a court has passed a County Court Judgment against you at any time within the past six years, you will also be considered to have a bad credit profile. For anyone outside of those criteria, you’re in the wrong place. Instead, visit our good credit loans or fair credit loans pages.

Providers of bad credit loans

There are a number of different loan types available to you if you’ve got a bad or poor credit history. Below you'll find a list of bad credit loan providers. We've decided not to feature any Doorstep, Logbook or Payday Lenders on this table due to their incredibly high cost. If you would like more information on those types of loans, click the corresponding link. 

Guarantor Loans

Most guarantor lenders offer loans to the unemployed. If you’ve got a friend or family member with a good credit history and in full-time employment who is willing to back your loan application - then a guarantor loan could be a good option for you. I’ve included them in the comparison table below and have a page dedicated specifically to guarantor loans.

High-cost short-term loans 

High-cost short-term loans (HCST), commonly known as payday loans are, as their title suggests, loans designed to be repaid over a short term. Loans range from £100 to £1000 and are generally repaid within 6 months. 

HCST loans sit at the pricier end of the scale and should be considered for use only as a last resort. If you are thinking of a HCST loan be sure to compare your options first and be absolutely positive you can afford the repayments before you apply.

Doorstep Lenders

Doorstep lenders offer cash loans of up to £500 to new customers regardless of your credit profile, delivered and collected on your doorstep. They can be extremely expensive and are considered a lender of last resort so be careful when looking at this option. If you are considering a doorstep loan you can find out more information by visiting our doorstep loans comparison table

Logbook Lenders

If you have your own car which is under 10 years old, then a logbook loan is an option. As security against your repayments, logbook lenders will take your V5 (your vehicles logbook) for the duration of the loan, temporarily resulting in the lender owning your vehicle. For everything you need to know about logbook loans check out our logbook loans comparison table.

What not to do

If you have a good credit history you’re on the wrong page, instead, check our comparison tables for good credit loans. If you're applying for a bad credit loan it is vital you do not apply if you have any doubt to whether you can keep up with the repayments.

Acceptance criteria

Criteria will vary from lender to lender but you will have to be at least 18 years old and have a UK bank account with direct debit facilities. You will also have to convince the lender you’ll be able to meet the repayments.

Final word

If you have a poor credit history but are now in a stable financial position then there are a number of providers that will lend to you. The cheapest being if you can find a guarantor. However, if you have any doubt about being able to make the repayments, then do not apply as you will only get yourself in deeper financial trouble.

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