If you have never had a credit card before, don't worry. Everybody has to get their first credit card at some point, and while some providers may not accept you if you apply, there are those that will.
The above comparison table includes credit cards that may accept you even if you have never used one before.
When you apply, the credit card company will check your credit record to help them decide whether to give you the card or not.
If you have never borrowed money before, you will have nothing on your credit record. This means credit card companies will not have any information to work out how well you can handle your finances.
How to choose the best first credit card, UK wide, that suits your needs
For each card the table shows:
The representative APR (the interest rate the card may charge)
The interest rate on any purchases you make, including details of any interest free periods
If you want to use a card to borrow, you can enter how much you want to spend and how long you need to pay it back. We will then show you how much you would have to pay back in total for each card on the table so you can choose the best one.
Here is a closer look at how to get a first time credit card.
How to check if you will be accepted
You should apply for a card that is likely to accept you instead of applying for several in one go. This is because seeing too many applications on your credit record can put lenders off.
Use an eligibility checker to find out what cards you can get and improve your chances of being accepted when you apply. Here is how to find credit cards that could accept you.
How to improved your chances of being accepted for your first credit card
Although you may not have a history of borrowing there are ways you can establish your self as someone who is responsible with their finances. Here are some things you can do:
Get on the electoral roll: Registering to vote provides proof of address, which can help improve your credit score
Opening a bank account: Managing a current account can help you establish yourself as financially responsible. You can set up direct debits to pay your bills such as you cell phone bill, gym membership, etc, and if you alway have enough money to cover these expenses it can help in showing that you can be trusted with credit.
Pay your bills on time: Making payments by the due date goes a long way in showing that you'd be a trustworthy borrower.
Get a job and regular income: A regular salary will mean that you'll have the funds to repay any debt you incur, which should help your chances in being approved.
What to watch out for after you've been accepted?
If you've been accepted for your credit card, there are a few things to watch out for to help get a better deal in the future:
A strong credit history will help you get accepted for a wider range of cards in the future, meaning you could get a lower interest rate, a higher credit limit or more tempting extra features like interest free periods or balance transfers.
If you use your starter card sensibly for several months, your credit record will look better to credit card companies. Make sure you always: