Bank Account

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It could be helpful for you to have a bank account in Bonn during your stay at the University of Bonn. Usually wages or scholarships are electronically transferred to a German bank account. We thus recommend opening a Girokonto (checking account). Once you open the account, you can use your EC card to withdraw money from a cash machine and to pay for items in many shops.


Please note: In order to be able to open a bank account, you will need to have registered your residence and to have a German Tax Identification Number (Tax ID). The tax ID will be sent to you 1-2 weeks after you have registered your residence by post. Therefore, it is not possible to open a bank account right away upon arrival, but you will have to wait for some time. 


A wide range of banks in Bonn offer such accounts, which may vary in type, services provided and price. The links below include just a few banks and not a complete listing (pages mostly in German):

Our Welcome Center staff would be glad to assist you with opening a bank account.

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