Bank Account

Dutch bank account

Scholars who do not have a SEPA* account in another EU country are recommended to have a Dutch bank account.

If you do not already have a SEPA-account in an EU country, we strongly advise you to open a Dutch Bank Account after your arrival to facilitate money withdrawals, buying everyday products, and/or (international) transactions.

To create an account with a Dutch bank, you'll usually need a BSN (social security number), which is granted once you register with your local municipality. However, each bank may have its own set of requirements. The most significant are:

  • A valid identity document (for non-EU students/scholars: passport).
  • A Dutch address for the duration of your stay.
  • A proof of employment or university enrollment.

Please look into your options to see which one is the greatest fit for you. The big three banks in The Netherlands are:

*SEPA stands for Single Euro Payments Area.


Melody Mast

Melody Mast

International Relations Manager