Bank Account

Students who come for a longer period to the Netherlands are advised to open a Dutch bank account because:


if you want to pay your tuition fee in monthly installments it can only be withdrawn from a Dutch bank account


you will be able to pay little amounts with the chip card at the university e.g. copying in library


to pay traintickets

Opening a bank account at ABN AMRO is free of charge, whereas the monthly service fee is €3, 35!!

You are free to choose a bank account in the Netherlands, but only with ABN-AMRO the university can help you open a bank account. For insurances you will be advised by International Office.

The link ABN-AMROwill give you information about costs, bank card, internet banking .

To open an ABN-AMRO bank account go to the application form and fill in the form.

In case you are from EU you can fill in your identity card, if you need a visa you need to have a passport

Students from EU with an identity card should fill (on page 2) in the field residence permit--- the number 0 (zero).

Print out the application form, sign it and hand it in at Student Services building Vrijhof

Office hours 09.00-17.00 hrs.

The officer will give you a statement called “Bewijs van Aanmelding”

This statement is needed when you go to the bankshop to activate your bank number.

The university will send your application form to the bank and after 8 working days you should have received an email from the bank to invite you to come to the Enschede to activate your account in case you live in the Netherlands.

If you live in Germany, the bank will ask you to come with a document not older than 3 months to prove you are living at the address you filled in on the application form. (e.g. a telephone bill or your letter of admission of the university)

In both cases the bank will ask you to bring a  letter of registration at the University.  

You can pick up this letter called “Bewijs van Aanmelding”.at the International Office, Bastille room 320 during office hours.

You will receive a personal civil service number (BSN) when you have been successfully registered at the municipality. Inform ABN AMRO of your BSN (Burger Service Number) as soon as you have received the number by regular post. Mention your surname, bank account number and BSN.

When you leave the Netherlands at the end of your course you must go to the bank and cancel the account.