You will need a German bank account in order to pay for your health insurance, your semester fee and the rent. All the large banks (e.g. Deutsche Bank, Citibank Sparkasse, Commerzbank, Dresdner Bank, Postbank) have branches in the town centre. The Sparkasse and the Postbank even run branches in the university hall. Bank accounts to students are often free of charge or offered at very favourable rates. Inform yourself online to find out which bank offers the best option for you.
What you usually need to open an account:
- Passport + visa documents
- Your letter of admission or your student ticket (if you have already received it)
- Your address in Germany