Itís all about our members
Bristol Credit Union is run solely for the benefit of our members Ė thatís people like you. You can join BCU as an individual, corporate, sole trader or work for one of our employee partners. We also welcome members from UNITE and UNISON from across the South-West. Weíll ask you to pay a small one-off membership fee to join BCU. Currently that's £2.50. You'll also need to deposit at least £1 (£7.50 online) to your Member Share Account to become a member, making a total of £3.50 (£10 online). You always need to keep at least £1 in your Member Share Account while you're a member, but you can have it back if you leave the credit union.
You can become a member if you live, work, volunteer or study in the membership area which is Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. You can join by applying online or completing our application form in branch, at one of our service points, or by sending it to us.
It's quick to join and apply for a loan or savings account online, you just need to:
- live in the Membership Area
- have a valid credit or debit card to make an initial deposit (minimum £10)
- have a working email address to receive the link to the application form
- be prepared to have an on-line identity check made (this will not affect your credit rating)
- be over 18 years old
Joining takes no more than 15 minutes
If you work or are studying in Bristol (but don't live in the membership area) or donít have a credit or debit card you can still join. Simply complete our application form and bring it along with your ID, proof of address and employment to your local branch or alternatively send it to us.
If you work for one of our Employer Partners you can save or repay loans direct from your pay. You may even qualify for discounted loan rates and special, exclusive loan products.
To join as an Employer Partner select 'Payroll Savings' when you apply online and tell us which partner you work for.
If you are already a member and want to set up payroll deductions contact us.
Our current Employer Partners are:
- Bath & North East Somerset Council
- Bristol City Council
- Bristol Community Housing Foundation
- Curo Housing Group
- Julian House
- Learning Partnership West
- Second Step HA
- Sirona Health & Care CIC
- Soil Association
- Solon SW HA
- Talking Money
Corporate or Sole Trader
To join as a Corporate or Sole Trader member, your organisation must qualify to become a member of Bristol Credit Union. You can then complete and return the application forms for a Corporate Deposit Account or register as a trader for Bristol Pounds. Please complete the application forms below.
Download Corporate application forms