Another bank where you could open a Dutch account is the Rabobank. Rabobank charges no fees for using the account or the bank card, but the website and internet banking are only available in Dutch. For opening a bank account, a BSN-number is required. The account is activated immediately, and after 5 working days you will receive your bank card and PIN code in the mail.
Open a Rabobank account
To open a bank account, you must have an appointment to do so and make sure you bring the following documents:
- Valid passport or other form of identification
- Proof of enrollment at the EUR
- If already available: proof of registration at the municipality (BSN-number)
Frequently Asked Questions
Overall there are no huge differences between the 5 mentioned banks. Nevertheless, the banks do differ in some ways. Some examples:
- ABN AMRO provides all communication in English, in contrary to the other banks;
- On the other hand, ING Bank is able to provide you with a temporary card way faster;
- Triodos bank is focusing more on sustainability and less on profit;
- Bunq Bank offers different options. If you choose a free account you don't get a bank card and you can only arrange your financial matters (e.g. transfers for rent, internet-shopping) online. With a premium account you also get a bank card. The free account can be very interesting for international students because it allows you to use your own home-card for ATM and paying in stores and the online Bunq account for Dutch mandatory stuff.
As you can see: each bank has its own pros and cons. So what to choose then? Pick a bank either close to your accommodation (so it's easier to visit the bank during office hours) or choose a bank where registration is made quite easy, like registering on campus during the One Stop Shop.