Opening a Bank Account in France
Opening a bank account in France might be very useful, mainly to pay your bills (electricity, phone bill, rent, transportation, Wi-Fi) but also to simplify the process of getting your potential wages and healthcare. A French debit card allows you to take care of the majority of your expenses without having to carry big amounts of cash around.
Having a bank account is a right recognized under French law. A foreign student living in France can open a bank account in any bank they want. In Strasbourg, you will find numerous banks specialized in managing foreign students accounts around the Esplanade campus.
Comparing different bank options: The cost of the debit card, of international transfers and of withdrawals can noticeably vary from one bank to another.
Three documents are necessary to open a bank account in France:
- An ID;
- Proof of address;
- A certificate of enrollment or a student ID.
When opening a bank account, you will at least get a debit card. Thanks to your relevé d’identité bancaire, shortened RIB (bank account number), you will be able to easily set up direct debits for your different subscriptions.
If you encounter any difficulty opening a bank account, there exists a procedure called ‘’droit au compte’’ which means that the Banque de France will order a bank of their choosing to open a bank account for you. Find the details of this procedure, the necessary documents and associations offering assistance on the Banque de France website.