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Do I need to have a Spanish bank account? Which bank should I choose? What do I need to open a bank account in Spain?

For some instances, it is really helpful to have a local bank account. For example, you cannot get a contract with a mobile phone provider without one.

There are basically no great fundamental differences for students. Among the most popular Spanish banks are: Banco Sabadell, Santander, La Caixa, Catalunya Caixa, BBVA and ING.

Here are the list of the most common requirements you need to comply with in order to open an account:

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over.
  • Photographic proof of identity (passport or National Identity Card from the country of origin for each of the applicants).
  • Proof of occupation or status (employment contract/payslip, letter from accountant/lawyer, pension or disability payment confirmation, student card).
  • Residents also need to produce their Foreigner Identification Number and certificate (Número de Identidad de Extranjero or NIE).
  • Confirmation of address (utility bill, driver’s licence or council tax bill; proof of address must have been issued within the last 3 months).

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