Barclays personal loans
Use our Barclayloan calculator to see how much you’ll pay back on a Barclays personal loan (available to existing customers only) and then see whether its rivals offer a cheaper deal. Loan amounts between £1,000 and £50,000 starting from 7.1%.
Calculate the cost of a Barclays loan
Our calculator lets you pick how much you want to borrow, and estimate how much you’d pay back monthly and overall. We base our calculations on Barclays’ representative APR, but it’s important to note that credit is subject to status and your circumstances may affect the rate you’re offered.
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How do Barclays loans compare against the competition?
Before you take out a personal loan, it’s smart to read up and shop around. You can use the table below to see how much a loan will cost with a range of lenders.
Barclays loan rates at a glance
The Barclays Existing Current Account Loan charges 9.9% APR representative on loans between £7,500 and £15,000. Barclays offers the loan with repayment terms between 2 and 5 years, and applicants can apply to borrow from £1,000 to £50,000.
The Barclays Existing Premier Account Loan charges 7.1% APR representative on loans between £7,500 and £15,000. Barclays offers the loan with repayment terms between 2 and 5 years, and applicants can apply to borrow from £1,000 to £50,000.
Quick overview of Barclays Bank personal loans
|Representative APR||From 7.1% to 9.9%|
|Loan terms||From 2 months to 5 years|
|Loan amounts||From £1,000 to £50,000|
|Age eligibility||18 years and over|
|Application fee||No application fee|
|Repayment holiday||Repayment holiday not permitted|
Overview of features
Step-by-step: Taking out a Barclays personal loan
Barclays Bank loans – AKA “Barclayloans” – are unsecured loans, meaning they’re based on creditworthiness, rather than the use of property or other assets as collateral. The loans are available to Barclays customers over a period of 2-5 years, for amounts between £1,000 and £50,000, at fixed interest rates. The rate you’re offered may differ from the advertised representative APR, and will be based on your personal circumstances, the loan amount and the repayment term.
- Use the eligibility checker on the Barclays site. You’ll be prompted to login with your membership number, or your card/account numbers. You’ll then be able to see if you already have a provisional loan limit and, in most cases, you’ll be able to get a personalised quote and see the rate you’d actually get. Because this doesn’t involve a “hard” credit search, there’s no effect on your credit score.
- Shop around. If your heart’s set on Barclays us its price guarantee. Barclays keeps this one quiet, but if another lender offers you a like-for-like unsecured loan with a lower APR, you can claim under Barclays’ guarantee within 30 days of the date your Barclayloan was agreed, by completing a claims form and posting it to Barclays. Your monthly repayments will then be adjusted to meet the new APR rate.
- Apply to borrow between £1,000 and £50,000 over 2-5 years. If you’re already registered for online or mobile banking, applying should take less than ten minutes. Barclays will auto-fill form fields where it already holds the necessary information on file.
- Get a fast or instant decision. Barclays current account holders could get an instant provisional loan offer.
- Sign online for quick access to funds. If you sign the loan agreement online or in the app between 7am and 10:30pm you could drawdown the funds straightaway.
- Pay a fixed monthly amount. The interest rate is fixed, meaning you’ll pay the same amount each month and you know how much the loan is going to cost you overall. You’ll get to decide the day of the month on which you make repayments.
- Top-up, take a second loan, overpay or repay early… with strings attached. You can pay back your loan early, in part or in full at any time, but you’ll be charged a fee equal to 30 days’ interest on the amount you’re repaying (as well as any other interest that’s due). Barclays uses the phrase “Topping-up” a little misleadingly… Topping-up in fact closes your existing loan and starts a new one. If you don’t want to do that, you can simply apply to run a second loan concurrently. Additional borrowing is always subject to Barclays’ credit and affordability checks and you won’t be allowed to take out more than £50,000 overall.
What is APR?
The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is designed to give an annual summary of the cost of borrowing. It takes into account interest and any mandatory charges to be paid (like an arrangement fee) over the duration of a loan. All lenders must calculate their APRs in the same way and must tell you the APR before you sign an agreement.
It can be a handy benchmark, however lenders are only obliged to award this rate to 51% of those who take out the loan – the other 49% could pay more. That’s why it’s often referred to as the representative APR.
Barclays loans have relatively low APRs, in part because Barclays will generally only offer loans to people with good credit. However, at some loan amounts or terms, you wouldn’t have to look far to find a better APR. Barclays may be hoping that existing customers will sleepwalk their way into a loan with the bank they already use, rather than shopping around for the best rate.
Am I eligible for a Barclays personal loan?
- Business reasons.
- Investments (including buying stocks and shares).
- Purchasing property (home improvements are fine).
- Gambling-related expenses.
- Repaying CCJs (county court judgments).
- A purchase made by combining this loan with any others.
What credit score do I need to get a Barclays loan?
Barclays typically offers loans to applicants with "Fair" (and above) credit ratings. It's important to note that your credit record is just one factor that Barclays considers. However, if you have a poor credit rating, you're very unlikely to get approved for a Barclays loan.
A "Fair" (or higher) credit rating would require a score of at least 721 if you're referring to Experian's scale, 439 if you're referring to Equifax's scale and 566 if you're referring to TransUnion's scale.
Do Barclays loans give an instant decision?
No. Currently, decisions aren't instant. However, you can use the soft-search eligibility checker to instantly find out your chances of getting approved. (This won't affect your credit score.)
Can I get a second Barclays loan?
Yes, Barclays allows you to have more than one loan running at the same time. Each application for credit will be considered on its own merit. Alternatively, Barclays also allows you to effectively "top up" your loan by closing your current loan and starting a new, larger loan.
How do I apply?
If you’ve decided that a Barclays personal loan is right for you, you’ll need to provide proof of the following:
However because Barclay’s personal loans are only available to Barclays customers (with either a Barclays current or savings account, mortgage or Barclaycard), if that includes you, you may not need to jump through so many hoops! What’s more, if you use online banking already, Barclays will complete much of the application form on your behalf.
Does Barclays offer debt consolidation loans?
Like many major lenders, Barclays does not offer a dedicated debt consolidation loan, but you can use a Barclays personal loan to consolidate your debt. However, you’ll need to be an existing Barclays current account holder to be eligible.
If you already have a Barclays personal loan, you can also apply for a top-up loan to increase how much you’ve borrowed, or take out a second personal loan.
What is Barclays?
One of the “big four” alongside HSBC, Lloyds and RBS, Barclays was founded over 300 years ago in 1690. The multinational bank is now operating in over 40 countries with an estimated employee count of around 120,000.
Whether you’re looking to buy a new car, consolidate debt, refurbish the kitchen, or take that desperately needed holiday, Barclays offers flexible, unsecured, fixed-rate loans at competitive interest rates (and with enhanced rates for Premier account holders). It’s quick and easy to apply online via the Barclays website.
Barclays customer reviews
In our 2023 customer satisfaction survey, Barclays scored 4.5 out of 5 stars with 83% of its customers saying they’d recommend the brand to a friend.
Customers in our survey commented positively on Barclays’ customer service and app. One commented:”they have really good customer services at local branches, staff members are always happy to help out with queries. Their app is also really convenient and easy to use with many functions.”
For any queries on personal loans, you can call Barclays on 0800 158 3209. Or alternatively, you can use the Barclays in-app chatbox to contact customer support.
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Barclays’ existing customers in need of some extra financial support for their personal projects can apply for this fee-free unsecured personal loan.