Nationwide Bank Loans

APR: 3.4% Representative
Loan amount: £1,000 - £25,000
Repayment duration: 12 - 60 Months
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Nationwide Bank Loans customer reviews

2.3 out of 5 from 224 reviews

Fantastic service!

08:24 13-05-2017

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I am a customer and needed a loan to rid myself of an expensive credit card. Applied for a loan not really expecting to be successful judging on previous reviews but my loan was agreed and although not at the highlighted rate still not much approve it! I am so happy that I can now sort out my finances and get rid of the credit card. Thank you Nationwide!!!

Rosemary North


10:04 10-02-2018

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Excellent customer service from Nationwide. They help you, and you're not just a number.


Didn't get it at 3% but pretty happy

09:32 12-04-2016

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I have a mortgage with Nationwide so I thought going with trying for a loan to poay for fitting a new kitchen and bathroom before we sell the house would be a good idea - especially at 3% or whatever it is. Was a bit p***d [ED - profanity removed] off that I got the loan at 6.6% instead but still, it was pretty quick and painless considering I don't have the best credit rating out there. Thanks


Recommended by a friend to move to nationwide

07:55 27-01-2018

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Faye was amazing, really happy with the loan, top class customer skills. I’m hard to please as well. Thank you nationwide:)



06:09 10-01-2014

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Recommended by a friend to move to nationwide

07:54 27-01-2018

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Faye was amazing, really happy with the loan, top class customer skills. I’m hard to please as well. Thank you nationwide:)


Really not loyal to long time customers!!

09:46 02-11-2013

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Really annoyed with Nationwide, my bank for the last 15 years. I wanted a loan to consolidate my debts and by getting the loan it would reduce my monthly outgoings by around £350 a month. I was turned down due to having 3 dependents basically as they deemed i could not afford the repayments which is bull!! So much for Nationwide on your side!! So i have written them a complaint letter considering i want the money to pay off my credit card with them and my overdraft you would think they would be happy to help. They did not even do a credit check on me as i checked and when i spoke to them they said try applying for a joint loan that will help.... so i did and still a big fat NO!! Its beyond a joke i am one dissatisfied customer that's for sure!!!!


Great rates and service , hassle free

11:46 06-05-2017

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Nationwide are highly recommended for loans , their rates are always competitive and their loans are hassle free . Easy to connect with online banking and clear statements

Barney Ball

No loyalty to long time customer

18:02 25-04-2012

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I work full time, pay all my bills on time, have a good credit rating, yet trying to get a loan from the building society I've been with for 25-ish years to consolidate some debt that despite the added interest, would reduce my monthly outgoings by around £150, was a pointless exercise. And the online application via the nationwide website was a bad experience due to their website crashing three times whilst trying to apply. Furthermore it took two emails and a phone call to even find out whether I'd been granted a loan or not. Not happy, and wouldn't recomend


Brilliant Service and Great rates

18:00 04-04-2017

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Great rates and brilliant customer service. Can't fault the company!

Leah Oakley

Our review of Nationwide Bank Loans

Our review by Alex
Written by: Alex
Consumer sentiment


As with most other high street banks and building societies, Nationwide offer a variety of loan amounts with repayment periods spanning one to seven years and the rates offered are on par with the other banks and supermarkets. However, beware the lowest rates are reserved for Nationwide customers only. It’s also worth noting that rates will differ depending on how much you borrow, so don’t take it for granted you’ll receive the rate advertised. If you are a Nationwide current account customer it’s worth making the most of their Loyalty Price Promise which promises to beat any like-for-like offer from another UK loan provider by 0.5% APR.

As you would expect from a financial powerhouse, they provide online and mobile account management. Also the bonus of being able to pop into a branch to sort out any concerns can be an attractive feature for a lot of customers. Nationwide do offer phone support Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm but having to sift through a bunch of automated options before you speak to a human can become quite tedious.

In terms of customer feedback Nationwide have received a fair bit of negative feedback across the internet. This is to be expected with a company of their size, and after carrying out some deeper research, general feedback by borrowers is on the whole positive. At time of writing this Nationwide loans were scored 3.1 out of 5 by Choose Wisely customers with customers praising their affordable rates, easy application and prompt payout.

Overall verdict: If you have good credit and are looking for a personal loan, it’s worth considering Nationwide as they offer competitive rates, especially if you’re an existing customer. But beware, dependent on how much you borrow you may not get the rate that’s advertised.


  • Low representative APR
  • Beat any like-for-like rate by 0.5% APR for main current account customers
  • Online quote doesn’t leave a credit footprint
  • Online management portal for making payments and checking balance

Minimum criteria

  • Must be aged between 18 and 79
  • Must have a net monthly income of at least £700
  • Must have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Can’t have missed 3 credit commitments in the last year
  • Must not be currently bankrupt, have CCJs or be under an IVA
  • Self-employed customers must prove 1 year’s income
  • Joint applicants must live at the same address


  • Maximum APR 10.7%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment fee: £0

About Nationwide Bank Loans

Nationwide, one of the UK’s largest building societies, offering loans between £1,000 and £25,000 to be repaid over one to seven years. Their advertised representative APR is 3.4%, one of the cheapest options on Choose Wisely. However, they do take into account how much you are looking to borrow, and your personal circumstances when deciding the final interest rate.

To apply with Nationwide you must be aged between 18 and 79 and have a net monthly income of at least £700. You must also have a good credit history, missing no more than three credit payments in the last year. Nationwide won’t accept any applications from anyone that has been declared bankrupt or has a CCJ or IVA against their name. If you are self-employed you must be a homeowner and be able to prove a minimum of one year’s income through either an accountant or SA302 form.

Nationwide do not charge any arrangement or upfront fees and offer a free no obligation quote before you take the agreement out. Applications can be completed either over the phone or via their online application. This can take up to 15 minutes but will provide you with a preliminary decision straight away. If you’re an existing Nationwide customer, you may not have to provide any documents but if you aren't, then expect to provide proof of income and more comprehensive personal details.

Once Nationwide have received your application you will receive an email and a text message saying that you have been accepted in principle. The loan agreement will then be sent to you within two working days. Read through this carefully, sign it and send it back. If you’re a Nationwide customer, the funds can then be in your account within 24 hours of them receiving your returned documentation. If not, then It can take three to five working days.

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