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Dutch bank account

Do I need to open a Dutch bank account?

If you have a bank account in a country that is not a member of the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA)* you are strongly advised to open a Dutch bank account. This is particularly important if you have transferred funds to us for your visa/residence permit application, or have been awarded a scholarship by Leiden University. These funds will be transferred to your Dutch bank account after arrival.

If you have a bank account in a country that is a member of Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA),* it can also be handy to have a Dutch bank account.  Many organisations require a Dutch bank account number if you want to become a member or request a card, e.g. public transport organisations.

* SEPA member countries include all EEA member states plus Monaco and Switzerland. 

How do I open a Dutch bank account?

Before the start of each semester, Leiden University organises special student bank account appointments with Rabobank. Unfortunately, all Rabobank student appointments are now fully booked! If you still need to open an account, we advise you to make your own appointment with another bank in Leiden or The Hague, for example ING or ABN Amro

What to bring to your appointment

  • Passport/EU ID Card
  • Statement of student registration - see instructions here, or unconditional admission statement
  • Proof of your Dutch address (e.g. rental contract, statement from your landlord)
  • Proof of your town hall registration, mentioning your BSN (citizen service number)
    If this document has not yet been issued, ask the bank whether you can submit it after your appointment
  • Non-EU/EEA students only: your Dutch residence permit.
    If your permit is not yet available, instead bring your IND residence permit approval letter. You can request a copy of this letter by sending a mail to:

Further information?

If you would like further information about opening a Dutch bank account, please send a mail to: studentbankaccount@leidenuniv.nl.

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