Opening a bank account

When you arrive in France, it is advisable to open a bank account.

Opening a bank account

Opening a bank account is recommended for non-European nationals in order to facilitate your installation in France and ensure the smooth running of your administrative procedures.
The major French banks have branches in the city centers of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille:

... and are generally open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..

Many online banks have emerged in recent years, depending on your country of origin, they may allow you to open a bank account before you arrive in the territory. Think about it, it could prove to be very practical:

You will be able to fund your bank account either in full when you arrive (with traveler's checks, for example), or through a bank-to-bank transfer abroad. Find out the exact procedures from your banker in your home country before you leave to avoid excessive transfer fees.

Société Générale, BNP Paribas and the Crédit Agricole, partner banks of Aix-Marseille University, will be present on the Guichet d'Accueil.
Come meet them to open your French bank account.

Banking Card

When you open your bank account, you will be offered a payment card (called a bank card or carte bleue or credit card). In France, the majority of payments are made by bank card and it is absolutely essential that you have one.

Some banks charge for the bank card. Be vigilant on this point and favor banks where the use of the bank card is free.
Be careful, after opening your account, it will take a few days to obtain your bank card. Avoid carrying too much cash, but have enough cash on hand to cover expenses for those few days. Better yet:


Before you arrive in the country, make sure you can use your home country's credit card in France.
Cards commonly accepted in Europe are Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

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