Opening a bank account

You will need to open a bank account in order to arrange your day-to-day activities in the Netherlands. There are several options available to you.

N.B. it is unfortunately not possible to open a bank account at most banks when you are a minor and your parents/legal guardians are not with you. Please read the information under 'Bunq' for more information.

ABN Amro

ABN Amro Student Package
The International Student Package consists of a personal account, debit card and access to internet/mobile banking. International students pay €1.55 per month.

Opening a bank account for non-EU students
Opening bank accounts will be possible digitally before your arrival between August 1st and August 15th 2019. After 15 August only face-to-face appointments will be possible. Take into account that availability for face-to-face meetings is very limited. For opening an account in advance, 500 slots are available.

In order to open an account you will need to take the following steps:

  1. Send an email to internationalstudents@nl.abnamro.com with a request for a bank account.
  2. You will receive an auto-reply with additional information about the next steps to take.
  3. One of the next steps is filling in the intake form

You will be able to take the first steps to opening a bank account before you arrive in the Netherlands and complete the last step when you arrive at Schiphol airport.

Please note that if you do not make an appointment before 15 August, it might take a while before your bank account can be set up.

Make an appointment at an ABN AMRO office
You can also make an appointment to open a bank account at an ABN AMRO office via 0900-8170 or +31 10 2411723 (from abroad). If you don't have your BSN yet, bring your TIN code (Tax Identification Number). Keep in mind that the appointment slots are limited so call in advance.

ING
ING Student Package
The International Student Package consists of a personal account, debit card and access to internet/mobile banking. If you open a bank account at an ING service point you will pay €1.55 per month.

To open a bank account at ING, please take the following steps:

  1. Make an appointment at a ING office via their website.
  2. Bring a valid form of ID: Passport, European ID Card or Dutch Residence permit
  3. Proof of enrollment at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/student card.
  4. If you have a BSN: bring an official document with the BSN on it (BRP or RNI letter)
  5. In case you don’t have a BSN, bring your TIN (Tax Identification Number)

You can also visit an ING service point to open an account without an appointment.* Please bring the same documents as mentioned above. Keep in mind that the walk-in service point will have a waiting period.

*Students from the United States of America cannot make use of the service point and will need to make an appointment at an ING office.

Service points:
PRIMERA
Admiraal de Ruijterweg 87
1056 ET Amsterdam
Mo-Fri, 08.30-18.00

PRIMERA
Van Limburg Stirumstraat 1
1051 BD Amsterdam
Mo-Fri, 08.00-18.00

Bunq

Bunq is an online bank. You can only open a bank account here once you have obtained a BSN number. However, it is a convenient choice in case you are still a minor. At regular banks, it is not possible to open a bank account when you are not yet 18 and your parents or legal guardians are not with you. However, at Bunq bank it is possible because the registration is done online so your parents or legal guardians do not have to be in the Netherlands! Please have a look at their website for more information concerning the general procedure of opening an account with them and what you need to do when you are a minor.