Your free Experian Credit Score

Our credit score is the UK’s most trusted, helping you see where you stand when it comes to getting credit

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What's a credit score?

A credit score, also known as a credit rating, is a three-digit number that reflects how reliable you are when it comes to repaying money. Your credit score is based on how you’ve handled money in the past. The higher your credit score, the better your chances of being accepted for credit, and at the best rates.

Your credit score influences your chances of getting:

  • Mobile phone contracts
  • Insurance instalment plans
  • Retail credit

Can you check your credit score for free?

You can get your Experian Credit Score without paying a penny, by signing up for a free Experian Account
Your free score will be updated every 30 days if you log in.
You can check your credit score as often as you like – checking it won’t harm it.

How does a credit score work?

Your credit score is calculated whenever you apply for credit, such as a loan, credit card, mortgage, or even a mobile phone contract. How your score is worked out depends on the company you’re applying to – different companies have different methods and may use different information, so your credit rating may vary between them.

Lenders typically look at your borrowing history, your current borrowing, and other relevant information such as your income. Usually, they’ll look at information taken from the following:

Your credit report

Your application form

Their own records, if you’ve been a customer before

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How’s your Experian Credit Score calculated?

The Experian Free Credit Score runs from 0-999. It’s based on information in your Experian Credit Report – like how often you apply for credit, how much you owe, and whether you make payments on time.

You’ll lose points for having information on your report that suggests to lenders you’re unlikely to manage credit responsibly, such as previous late payments and defaults. You’ll gain points for things that lenders usually view positively, such as a track record of always paying on time and being on the electoral roll.

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What’s a good or average credit score?

We consider a ‘good’ score to be between 881 and 960, with ‘fair’ (also the average) between 721 and 880. However, there’s no ‘magic’ number that will guarantee lenders will approve an application if you apply.

If your credit score is poor, you’ll probably find it harder to borrow money or access certain services. We consider a ‘poor’ score to be between 561 and 720, with ‘very poor’ between 0-560. But remember, lenders may have different views of what an ideal customer looks like to them, which will be reflected in how they calculate your credit score.

Your free Experian Credit Score is intended as a useful guide to give you an idea of how lenders may view your credit history. Knowing your score can help you make more informed choices when it comes to credit.

What does your Experian Credit Score mean for you?

Excellent
961 - 999

You should get the best credit cards, loans and mortgages (but there are no guarantees).

Good
881 - 960

You should get most credit cards, loans and mortgages but you might not get the very best deals.

Fair
721 - 880

You might get OK interest rates but your credit limits may not be very high.

Poor
561 - 720

You might be accepted for credit cards, loans and mortgages but they may have higher interest rates.

Very Poor
0 - 560

You’re more likely to be refused most credit cards, loans and mortgages.

Remember, your credit rating isn’t set in stone – it’s a living, breathing thing that can change daily – for example, as the information on your credit report changes or as time passes. So, it can go up or down over time.

Experian has the UK’s best free credit score – so you know you’ll be in safe hands seeing where you stand when it comes to getting credit.

1UK’s most trusted score – "Based on 49% of 1422 respondents. ICM Unlimited survey May 2021"
2The best free credit score – "Based on 45% of 1371 respondents. ICM Unlimited survey May 2021"