Open a bank account
Information about opening a bank account in the Netherlands
This text addresses a few financial aspects typical for the Netherlands, which could make your stay a lot easier.
Why a Dutch bank account?
A Dutch bank account helps you with your financial needs in The Netherlands during your stay.
More specifically it enables you:
- To pay the annual tuition fee for your study in equal instalments (for instance, per month)
- Pay the rent of your room automatically every month
- Make low value payments in shops, at school (canteen), vendor machines etc
- To do PIN transactions in the Netherlands, free of charge
- The bank card enables use of ATMs and payments all over the world
- Easy internet banking, which is included in your bank account application.
How to open a Dutch bank account?
Visit one of the banks mentioned at this leaflet and provide the following documents:
- Your valid passport, of which a photocopy will be made
- A proof of enrolment or registration at Fontys
- Your residence permit for the Netherlands or the approval letter of the Dutch Immigration Service (IND) in case you do not have your residence permit card yet.
- Your citizen registration number (BSN). You have received this number at your registration at the City hall. Or you will receive it shortly after your registration.
- Proof of your address (copy rental contract of your room)
In case you are a minor (<18) opening a bank account will not be easy. The Rabobank in Eindhoven* has made special arrangements for the minor international student. Bring the personal data of one of your parents, a home address and an email address. You are allowed to hand in your citizen registration number (BSN) at a later moment. If you have a birth certificate with you it will be of help. It is possible the other banks are also willing to make an exemption for you as a minor.
Further instructions will be provided by the bank of your choice:
Office De Witte Dame, Emmasingel 4, 5611 AZ Eindhoven*
Office Tilburg, Spoorlaan 300, 5017 JZ Tilburg Office Venlo, Peperstraat 8, 5911 HA Venlo
Office Eindhoven, Nieuwstraat 1-5, 5611 DA Eindhoven
Office Tilburg, Spoorlaan 420, 5038 CG Tilburg Office Venlo, Keulsepoort 10, 5911 BZ Venlo
Office Eindhoven, Vestdijk 18, 5611 CC Eindhoven Office Tilburg, Heuvelring 88, 5038 CL Tilburg Office Venlo, Keulsepoort 12, 5911 BZ Venlo