Opening a Dutch bank account

If you want to open a Dutch bank account, you will need:

  • your passport (or national ID card of an EU/EEA country)
  • your lease or rental agreement
  • your student card (or other proof of registration at the KABK).

Banks sometimes request students’ Burgerservicenummer (BSN). That is the Citizen Service Number, which is a unique personal number allocated to everyone registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database. You will receive this number automatically after registering at the municipality.

Student bank account

Ask the bank if there are special student accounts and what is needed to open one. If you are not eligible for a student account, you will have to open a regular account, for which you will have to pay a small monthly or quarterly fee.

In most cases, students can book liability insurance at a reduced price within a 'student package' account. Be sure to check the options at your bank.

Banks with branches in The Hague:



You can contact the Student Administration Office via e-mail at