Before you apply

If you have any questions before applying for a loan with us, have a look at the frequently asked questions below. Just click the question, and the answer will appear underneath.

Our loans are available just for members. That’s anyone who has a current account, mortgage or savings account with us. If you’re applying for a joint loan, only one of you needs to be a member.

You can apply:

  • Online
  • By phone: Call 0800 545 30 00 (Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm)
  • In branch

No, there is no fee.

We will need evidence of your income if you are:

  • Self Employed (and you must live in a property that you own), or
  • A Company Director owning more than 20% of the share capital & taking dividends which you are classing as income, or
  • Have rental income you wish to use to support your loan application.

We will ask you for the following documents when you apply, or you may wish to have it ready beforehand. 

  • If you use an accountant, you can ask them to certify your income – use this link to download a certificate.
    Your accountant may well charge for this.
  • If you are registered for self assessment, you can print and send your latest Tax Calculation / Assessment 
    (this must be complete and submitted)
  • You can write to the Inland Revenue and ask for your SA302, which is your Tax Assessment.

These documents should not be more than 18 months later than the end of the period they relate to.

Personal loans can be used for almost any purpose, such as a car purchase, wedding or consolidation of other credit commitments.

They cannot be used for:

  • Business or investment purposes
  • Bridging loans
  • Mortgage deposits
  • Speculative reasons
  • Purchasing or retaining an interest in land

You can do as many quotes as you like - we won't leave a footprint on your credit file until you've chosen your final individual quote and progressed to the lending decision.

If you've applied for one of our products online you may have been referred to our website by a credit intermediary. Credit intermediaries are a person or company that recommends or evaluates products (including regulated consumer credit agreements).Credit intermediaries can sometimes help you make more informed financial decisions, by doing some of the preparatory work for credit agreements. Simply put, this means that you may have provided some personal details on another website, for example; MoneysupermarketMoneysavingexpert, Confused or Experian before completing your loan application with us.
You can find their details on your Personal Loans Pre Customer Credit Information (PCCI) and the Personal Loan Agreement (PLA). This information will show on your PCCI and PLA even if you didn't apply online or weren't referred to us by a credit intermediary.

The rate that you will pay is based on how much you want to borrow and your individual circumstances. Main current account customers pay at least 1% APR lower  than other customers on the same loan. You can view our representative rates for all of our loan tiers for both main current account customers and all other customers on our Rates and details page.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Be a member of Nationwide Building Society - this means you have a current account, mortgage or savings account with us (only one of you needs to be a member if it’s a joint application)
  • All applicants must be aged 18 to 79
  • Have a net monthly income of £700+ (sole, or joint combined if applying for a joint loan)
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK for the term of the loan. (Applications from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man are not accepted)
  • No applicant has missed 3 or more credit commitments within the last 12 months
  • No applicant is currently declared bankrupt, has a CCJ (Country Court Judgement) against their name or be subject to an IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement) 
  • If self-employed, applicants must be homeowners and be able to prove a minimum of 1 year's income through an accountant or SA302 form
  • For all joint applications both applicants must reside in the same address

We offer a personalised price which is based on your individual circumstances and amount you wish to borrow. Therefore to be able to give you an accurate quote it is necessary to capture your personal details.

Yes. However, both applicants must reside at the same address and one of you must be a member of Nationwide Building Society - this means you have a current account, mortgage or savings account with us.

Nationwide asks this question to make sure we're lending money responsibly to customers who can afford the loan for its lifetime. If you have a definite plan to return to work, then your 'return to work' income figure should only be entered if this is lower than your current income. If your 'return to work' income is the same as your current income then there's no need to change this, and you would answer 'no' to ' your income likely to change during the period of the loan?'

Loans are available from £1,000 to £25,000 in £50 multiples.

Loans are available between 1 and 7 years.

The representative Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is an APR at or below which an advertiser expects, at the date on which an advertisement is published, that credit would be provided to at least 51% of borrowers.

The APR you're quoted may vary from the advertised rate as the personalised quote is based on your current individual circumstances and the loan amount you borrow.

Please call 0800 545 30 00 (option 5) Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm.

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