How to open a bank account

How to open a bank account

Opening a French bank account can be complex and frustrating if you don’t know how to proceed.

Here are the documents you need to have in order to open a bank account in France, (if you are over 18 of course):

If you are a European student, you must provide a copy of your personal ID card or passport.

If you are a non-European student you will need, in addition to your passport or personal ID card, a copy of your valid visa.

In any case, if you are staying with a host family or with a relative, you must have your host complete and sign a certificate of hosting (the bank will provide you with this document).
You also need a copy of your host’s ID (both sides), as well as a copy of a recent invoice (under 2 months) : water, gas, electricity or home-phone.

Here are some banks you can find in Annecy: BNP Paribas, la Banque Populaire, le Crédit Agricole, la Banque Postale, LCL, la Société Générale.

Each bank is different but they all offer student banking. If you are staying for a short-time though (under 3 months), then it is probably of no use opening a bank account.

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