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Bank Account
It is necessary that you open a bank account at a German financial institute in order to receive your wages and to pay your bills. Opening a so-called giro account (Girokonto) is highly recommended. With this type of account, you are able to draw cash, transfer funds electronically (in some cases also via online banking), and schedule the transfer of regular payments such as the rent for your flat. An EC card allows for trouble-free cash transfers, thus enabling you to pay for goods in some stores with your card and to use cash machines.

To open a bank account, you need the following documents:

  • passport
  • certificate of proof of residence (Meldebestätigung)
  • proof of adequate finances (in some cases)

It makes sense to make an appointment at the bank of your choice, especially if you would like to have an English speaker as your contact person in the bank.


Financial Institutes in Potsdam

Berliner Volksbank
Charlottenstr. 34-36
14467 Potsdam
Tel. +49.331.271590

Commerzbank
Lindenstraße 45
14467 Potsdam
Tel. +49.331.28190

Deutsche Bank
Charlottenstraße 40
14467 Potsdam
Tel. +49.331.28480

Postbank
Deutsche Postbank AG
Am Kanal 16/18
14467 Potsdam

Sparda Bank
Babelsberger Str. 18
Bahnhofspassagen
14473 Potsdam
Tel. +49.30.42080420

Sparkasse
Mittelbrandenburgische Sparkasse in Potsdam
Geschäftsstelle Potsdam – Luisenplatz
Luisenplatz 9
14471 Potsdam

Please refer here for a list of all financial institutes in Potsdam.

You can also open an online account with a direct bank:

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