To apply for Universal Credit, set up your account and complete your claim on the Gov.UK Universal Credit Application page. After making your claim online, you'll need to ring the Jobcentre to make an appointment - if you don't, your claim could be cancelled.
If you can't manage an online account, you can apply over the phone by ringing the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644. You will need to show why you can't manage an online account.
Universal Credit is not usually backdated, so if you decide that you need to apply, do it as soon as possible. You should not cancel your other benefits first - claiming Universal Credit will cancel any of the benefits it replaces.
Before you apply, check all the information on this page to make sure it's the right decision for you. If you would like someone to help you, read our guide on Where to find help on Universal Credit.