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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Opening a bank account

Opening a bank account in Germany makes a lot of things easier for you. This way you can easily access and transfer your money. Upon presentation your certificate of enrollment at HU and your registration of your place of residence you can open up a student account at most banks where you do not have to pay any monthly account management fees.

Some banks close to HU campus:

Berliner Sparkasse
Friedrichstraße 193 (am S/U-Bahnhof Friedrichstraße)
10117 Berlin
Tel.: (+49 30) 869 869 69 (Hotline)

Deutsche Bank
Unter den Linden 13-15 (gegenüber der Staatsbibliothek)
10117 Berlin
Tel.: (+49 30) 34 07-12 12

Rathausstraße 5 (Nähe S/U-Bahnhof Alexanderplatz)
10178 Berlin
Tel.: (+49 228) 55 00 55 00

Georgenstraße 23 (am S/U-Bahnhof Friedrichstraße)
10117 Berlin
Tel.: (+49 30) 34 62 21 61


There are also online banks you can easily open an account with via online identification or postal mail identification. They do not charge a fee for their services, also students receive a credit card and sometimes they have promotions that you receive actual credit for opening an account. Another positive aspect is that with their credit cards you can withdraw money at any ATM without paying a fee (which is still common with other banks in Germany).

Deutsche Kreditbank – DKB

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Another highly recommended bank for opening an account is the GLS Bank. For people under the age of 28 it only costs 1€ per month and the bank only invests in sustainable and environmental projects. 

GLS Gemeinschaftsbank