Bank Account

In order to pay bills or your rent, you need an account with a German bank. When you have opened your bank account (also called a "Girokonto"), you will receive a bank card. You will be able to use this card as a means of payment in many shops or alternatively use it to draw money from ATMs.

If you work in Germany, your wages will also be paid directly into your bank account.

You will need the following to open a bank account:

  • Passport
  • Proof of residence from the Citizens' Office
  • Evidence of funding
  • Study certificate / letter of acceptance

It is advisable to make an appointment to open an account at a time when an English-speaking bank clerk is available to assist you. 

You can open an account at a range of different banks. Ask whether there are any special conditions, for example, for students because then the service and handling charges are often different.


Banks in Kassel

Kasseler Sparkasse
Kölnische Strasse 8
34117 Kassel
Phone: 0561/7124-410
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.;
Tue, Thu 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Kasseler Bank
Rudolf-Schwander-Strasse 1
34117 Kassel
Phone: 0561/ 7893-0
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4.15 p.m.,
Thu 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Postbank
Untere Königsstrasse 95
34117 Kassel
Phone: 0561/7006-0
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
Sat 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Commerzbank
Königsplatz 32 - 34
34117 Kassel
Phone: 0561/7899-0
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thu 3 – 6 p.m.

Deutsche Bank
Kölnische Strasse 13-15
34117 Kassel
Phone: +49(0) 561 703-0
Opening hours: Mon- 4 p.m.,
Tue 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wed 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
Thu 8:30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m., Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Banks in Witzenhausen

Sparkasse in Witzenhausen
Walburger Str. 35/37
37213 Witzenhausen
Phone: +49(0) 5542 3000
Opening hours:
Mon, Wed 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thu, Fri 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

VR-Bank in Witzenhausen
Gelsterstrasse 2
37213 Witzenhausen
Phone: +49 (0) 5542 957-0
Mon, Tue 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.                                                                                         
Wed 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thu, Fri 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The tutors or other international students who have already opened a bank account will gladly help you if require assistance.

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