Experian credit score, rating and report

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Our review of Experian's subscription credit report monitoring service, CreditExpert, plus alternatives from Experian and what you need to know about your Experian credit score and report.

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Monthly fee£14.99
Trial period30 days
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Name Product Monthly fee Trial period Score information included Report information included Update frequency Other services
Experian CreditExpert
£14.99
30 days
Experian
Experian
Daily
UK-based support. Enhanced fraud support.
Free Experian Account
Free
N/A
Experian
Not included
Monthly
Credit card and personal loan comparison and eligibility.
Experian Statutory Credit Report
Free
N/A
Not included
Experian
Once
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What is Experian?

When you apply for a mortgage, personal loan or credit card, lenders will check your credit report and credit score to help them determine whether or not to offer you credit, how much to offer you and how much interest to charge you.

Experian is one of three main credit reference agencies in the UK. It’s used by lenders when deciding how much of a risk you are as a potential borrower and how much money they can make from you. A number of factors detailed on your credit report are used to calculate your credit score, which ultimately places you in a rating group, ranging from “very poor” to “excellent”.

What is an Experian Score?

Experian takes everything it knows about you (whatever is in your credit file) and boils it down to a number. If you have a good score, you can usually be approved for a loan, credit card or mortgage.

It’s also worth noting that although all lenders will look at your credit score, they also have their own qualifying criteria when approving customers.

What does an Experian credit score look like?

Each credit reference agency has its own scoring system.

  • Experian: 0–999
  • Equifax: 0–700
  • TransUnion (formerly Callcredit): 0–710

Experian’s scores range from 0 to 999: the higher your score, the better your chances of obtaining a loan. Depending on your score, you’re said to have excellent, good, fair, poor or very poor credit.

Experian credit scoreExperian credit ratingWhat this means for you
0–560Very poorIt’s highly likely that your credit application will be rejected.
561-720PoorYou have a chance of being approved for credit but are likely to be charged a high interest rate and receive a low limit.
721-880FairYou have a good chance of being approved for credit and you should be offered a reasonable interest rate, but you’re likely to receive a low credit limit.
881-960GoodYou’re likely to be approved for credit and will be offered a reasonably good – but not the best – interest rate.
961-999ExcellentYou’re very likely to be approved for a competitive credit offer.

If you want to find out what your credit score is, you can do so for free with all of the credit reference agencies. If you want to access your credit report, you’ll usually have to pay, although some agencies offer a free one-month trial subscription.

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How to improve your Experian credit score

You may have had a loan, credit card or mortgage application rejected because of a low credit score.

If you’re failing to be approved for a credit application because of your credit history, there are ways you can improve it. You need to be patient as it takes time for your good financial decisions to improve your score.

  • Pay your bills on time and ideally clear the balance if possible.
  • Close any unused credit accounts (eg, old unused credit cards) as these could be viewed negatively by some lenders.
  • Register on the electoral roll. Lenders can be wary if you move home frequently or haven’t registered your current address.
  • Don’t max out your credit limit. You want to keep your credit utilisation ratio low. If you have a balance of £1,000 and a credit limit of £2,000, your credit utilisation ratio is 50%. A low credit utilisation ratio is preferable and shows that you’re not maxing out your credit.
  • If you have no credit history at all, open a credit builder card to help build up your score.
  • Check your credit report for errors. An administrative mistake could result in you wrongly being rejected for credit. Your partner or flatmate’s bad credit decisions could also impact on yours if you have any joint accounts.
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How to apply for a statutory credit report from Experian

Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, you have the right to request a free statutory version of your Experian credit report. While it will lack some of the detail included in the paid version (and won’t include your Experian credit score), it does provide all the financial and personal information that makes up your credit file.

You can request a copy of your Experian statutory credit report here.

Experian customer reviews

Experian has mixed-to-poor reviews from customers on the reviews site Trustpilot (updated on 19 August, 2020). Some comments highlighted issues with accounts, and other users said Experian was difficult to contact and offered poor service.

The Experian app has very positive customer reviews, however, according to Google Play and the App Store, with many praising the app’s usability and design, although some customers reported problems with their login.

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