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Do I need a Dutch bank account?

In order to assist you with opening a Dutch bank account, Tilburg University has made an agreement with ABN AMRO Bank, which is one of the most popular banks in the Netherlands and is conveniently located in the Tilburg city center. International students can open an ABN AMRO International Student Account. The debit card can be used in every store in the Netherlands and also on the University campus.

The monthly account charges for this International Student Account are € 1.40. You will receive a bank account, debit card and access to Internet Banking and Mobile Banking. Unfortunately it is not possible for International Students to apply for a Credit Card.


Students from non-SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) countries: Non-EU, non-EEA, non-Swiss nationals

If you have a bank account in a country that is not a member of SEPA, you are advised to open a Dutch bank account. This is particularly important if you have been awarded a scholarship or living expenses by Tilburg University so that we can transfer the funds to you. On this webpage you can find an overview of the SEPA-countries.

Applying for a Dutch Bank Account (only applicable for studens from non-SEPA countries)

Step 1

To make it easier for you to open a Dutch bank account Tilburg University has made arrangements with the ABN Amro Bank. They will be present at the Registration Days to assist you in applying for an account.

The ABN AMRO Bank has created an Application Form*. Please fill in this form, print it and bring a copy of this application form with you to Registration Days.

* You do not need to fill in the part concerning your BSN number (Dutch Social Security Number, in Dutch 'BurgerServiceNummmer') in advance. This number will be allocated once you have visited the local town hall (see 'Important Information on BSN' below).

Regarding the question 'residential address in the Netherlands'; if you do not have a Dutch address yet, you can use your current home address (abroad) for the time being, and later change this officially upon your arrival in the Netherlands.

To open an International Student Account, please bring the following documents to the ABN AMRO stand during Registration Days.

  • A valid passport or identity card (no driver’s license).
  • A copy of the application form.

The application form is the first step in a two-step application process.

Step 2

The second step includes a face-to-face verification at the ABN AMRO branch at Tilburg Heuvelring after Registration Days. Your presence on Registration Days is required in order to start your application for the International Student Account.

On Registration Days, you will receive a confirmation of your appointment to set up your account. If you cannot be present at this appointment, your account will not be activated. This total process will take a maximum of two weeks.

Important Information on BSN

In order to prevent the bank from closing your International Student Account you (Degree AND Exchange students) are required to submit a Dutch Social Security Number (BurgerServiceNummer, BSN).

You will receive this number after registration with the municipality of Tilburg. You will be sent an e-mail (mid-August 2017) with further information and instructions in respect to your local registration (including a link to make an appointment with town hall).

When you receive your BSN please add it to your account via Internet Banking. A manual with a clear step-by-step procedure will be handed to you during Registration Day(s).

If the ABN AMRO has not received your BSN by March 1st, 2018 your debit card and account will be deactivated. You can only reactivate your debit card and account if you visit the any of our ABN AMRO offices. Please bring your BSN and identification (passport or European identity card) with you. If ABN AMRO has not received the BSN by April 1st, 2018 your account will be closed. Please note that you will not receive any reminders in this respect.

Late arrival information

We strongly advise you to come to the Registration Days to open a bank account as it is much easier and faster. However, if you are unable to be present during the Registration Days in order to open a bank account, there will be a further possibility to do this on Monday, August 28, 2017. On this date, ABN AMRO Bank will be present again on campus. More information will follow soon. You can also make an appointment yourself.

Make an Appointment Yourself

You have to make an appointment by email with the ABN AMRO Bank Tilburg Heuvelring. You can send an e-mail to tilburg.university@nl.abnamro.com with the following information.

  • Contact details (name, address).
  • A copy of a valid passport or identity card (no driver’s license).
  • Application Form (please find the explanation above).

You will receive an e-mail confirming your appointment. Please bring the following documents to your appointment at the Tilburg Heuvelring branch of ABN AMRO.

  • A valid passport or identity card (no driver’s license).
  • A copy of the application Form.

Your presence at this appointment is required in order to start your application for the International Student Account.

Please be aware that the total process will take a maximum of two weeks.

If you have any questions about the bank account you can send an e-mail to tilburg.university@nl.abnamro.com.

ABN AMRO website

For more information, you can also visit the ABN AMRO webpage for international students.


Students from SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) countries:  EU, EEA or Swiss nationals

If you have a bank account in a country that is a member of Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) or EU, EEA or Swiss you are advised to use your own national bank account and debit card in the Netherlands. You are advised to contact your own bank for more information before you arrive in the Netherlands. On this webpage you can find an overview of the SEPA-countries.

Applying for a Dutch Bank Account (only for students from SEPA countries)

In case you want to open a Dutch bank account, you are NOT allowed to open a bank account before you have registered with the town hall. This unfortunately means that the ABN Amro bank is NOT able to assist you in applying for an account during the Registration Days.

Step 1

Please be informed that you will need a Dutch Social Security Number (BurgerServiceNummer, BSN) to be able to open a Dutch bank account. You will receive this number after registration with the town hall.

Step 2

After receiving your Dutch Social Security Number (BSN) you can make an appointment with ABN Amro at their office. Please make an appointment via the contact center of ABN Amro:  

  • Dial: 0900-0024
  • Please wait a moment until you hear the automatically option to continue in English.
  • When your call has been answered by an employee of ABN Amro you can make an appointment to open your bank account at the ABN Amro office in Tilburg (city center).
  • Do not forget to inform the ABN Amro employee that you are an international student from Tilburg University.

Step 3

After making an appointment with ABN Amro you will need to go to the office in Tilburg (city center). Please bring the following documents with you:

  • Your Dutch Social Security Number (BSN)
  • Contact details (name, address).
  • A copy of a valid passport or identity card (no driver’s license).
  • Application Form.

ABN AMRO website

For more information, you can also visit the ABN AMRO webpage for international students.


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Paying with your Tilburg University card

Please read our webpage for more information about paying with your Tilburg University card on campus (printers and vending machines for coffee, soft drinks, and snacks).

Credit cards

You can also use credit cards in the Netherlands, although many stores and restaurants in Tilburg do not accept credit cards due to the high transaction costs involved. Paying with a credit card is more common in larger cities such as Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam.

Working alongside your studies

If you wish to work in addition to your studies at Tilburg University, there might be possibilities to take a part-time job during your studies. For more information, please check the webpage on vacancies.


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