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Unemployed, No Credit History: Can I Get a Loan? (Personal Loan, Not Student Loan)

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    Just a quick question. I'm 20 years old, currently unemployed (seeking work) and have no credit history, i.e. I've never had a credit card. I'm four months into a student account at Lloyds TSB — this is the first time I've borrowed from anywhere. I'm ineligible for a loan through Student Finance. Could I get a loan of about £2000 through any other source? Not related to my studies, but solely a personal loan. Is there any reputable organisation that would offer such a service?
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    You'll find it pretty much impossible without a steady, regular income source.
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    No. You need a job at minimum and some sort of credit history for a loan of that size.
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    Unlikely and if someone does offer you a loan, run away.
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    You'll be bankrupt within a year, you need a job to repay a loan at normal rates. Let alone the kind of rates they'll offer you.

    Whats the reason for the loan and are you actively seeking work?
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    In order to get a loan, you need to as good as prove you don't need it.
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    (Original post by PatrickHumphreys)
    Just a quick question. I'm 20 years old, currently unemployed (seeking work) and have no credit history, i.e. I've never had a credit card. I'm four months into a student account at Lloyds TSB — this is the first time I've borrowed from anywhere. I'm ineligible for a loan through Student Finance. Could I get a loan of about £2000 through any other source? Not related to my studies, but solely a personal loan. Is there any reputable organisation that would offer such a service?
    Do banks let people that don't have a credit history have a co-signatory that generally has a credit history on the loan in the UK? if they do then it may be an option to ask your parents to co-sign with you.

    They will be responsible for the loan to, so you better pay the monthly payments
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    How do you intend to meet your financial obligations if you have no income?
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    I woke up one day and realised that I didn't have to go to school.
    I was really pleased. Then I remembered I was forty years old and unemployed.
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    (Original post by PatrickHumphreys)
    Just a quick question. I'm 20 years old, currently unemployed (seeking work) and have no credit history, i.e. I've never had a credit card. I'm four months into a student account at Lloyds TSB — this is the first time I've borrowed from anywhere. I'm ineligible for a loan through Student Finance. Could I get a loan of about £2000 through any other source? Not related to my studies, but solely a personal loan. Is there any reputable organisation that would offer such a service?
    I'll happily lend you £2,000; although you may find that the rate of interest causes your testicles to spontaneously retract into your abdomen.
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    (Original post by fosters88)
    Firstly you need a job that provides a monthly income; so unemployed is an instant no.
    Secondly, to get a good Credit Rating; get a Credit Card and just use it to purchase certain items e.g. petrol, CD's, mobile phone contract thus it is easier to monitor etc.

    Soon a credit rating will built up.
    Once it is proved you have good Credit Rating; my advice is cut the Credit Card up.

    I'm afriad your stuck between a rock and a hard place until you get a job you cannot spend money and therefore it is impossible to get a credit rating and thus impossible to get a loan.
    The irony is that these days you need a credit card to earn a good credit history but the vast majority of highstreet providers require a good credit history before they will give you a credit card.
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    (Original post by PatrickHumphreys)
    Just a quick question. I'm 20 years old, currently unemployed (seeking work) and have no credit history, i.e. I've never had a credit card. I'm four months into a student account at Lloyds TSB — this is the first time I've borrowed from anywhere. I'm ineligible for a loan through Student Finance. Could I get a loan of about £2000 through any other source? Not related to my studies, but solely a personal loan. Is there any reputable organisation that would offer such a service?
    there is a way to get money but it should be the last resort. there are a few payday loan companies which you could easily complete there applications online, but there interest is high and if you miss repaying in time they will hit you hard.
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    Cheers, fellas.
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    No. You may be able to get an overdraft on your student account though, e.g. the Natwest student/graduate account offers a £2,000 interest-free overdraft. It's best not to get into debt, if you don't have to, though.
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    Are you a student? If so overdraft on your student account is the best option as it's usually interest free.

    You won't get a loan, and if you did it'd be a really bad idea - how do you expect to repay it?

    Some credit cards will offer you X months at 0% interest when you join them. For example, I recently signed up with Nationwide to get a credit card with a limit of nearly £3k, and for the first 6 months I only have to pay off £25 per month and no interest builds on anything I've spent. Now this is perfect for me - I got it in mid-November whilst unemployed and desperately needing money, but knowing I had a well paid job come January. I've built up about £1k on it so far, and will need to continue to use it until I get paid at the end of January, but I am 100% confident I will pay all of that off before the 6 months is up. The bank only let me have it because I could prove I had a job lined up though. So you may have to go to not such a good provider who lends to high risk people such as yourself, and you may find they don't do such a good deal.

    Another option is an overdraft on your normal account - a very good idea if you've got direct debits coming out as the interest you'll pay is nothing compared to the charges if you miss payments on DDs.

    DO NOT GET A PAYDAY LOAN. You don't have a payday, and will not be able to pay the money back when expected. Interest rates are horrendous on these (over 1000% APR - so if you borrow £2000 you'll end up owing £20,000 - yes, twenty thousand pounds - after 1 year). They are supposed to tide you over to the end of the month, and are NOT SUITABLE FOR SOMEONE IN YOUR POSITION!!
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    I can't help but wonder why you'd want to take out a £2000 loan when you have no income.
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    (Original post by Chumbaniya)
    I can't help but wonder why you'd want to take out a £2000 loan when you have no income.
    question answers itself (although I do know what you mean)
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    (Original post by chai wallah)
    question answers itself (although I do know what you mean)
    I can understand needing to get hold of money to live on. But £2000 is much more than just that. Aside from housing costs (in which case the OP should be pursuing housing benefit instead) why would a person with no income want to spend so much money? That's a year of food if you're sensible.

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