Opening a French bank account is strongly recommended if you want to benefit from housing aid, health reimbursements, and obtain a credit card and/or a cheque book. Ask your bank in your home country if it has a partnership with a French bank as this makes things a little easier.

To open a French bank account you must provide the following documents :

  • photocopy of your proof of enrollment or student card from Université de Nantes
  • photocopy of your passport or I.D card
  • photocopy of you visa for non-european students
  • proof of address in France (certificate of housing from the CROUS if you are staying in a university residence, bill, rent payment receipt...)

Paying by credit card is accepted in most shops, but sometimes a minimum of 10/15€ can be required to be allowed to pay with a credit card. There are many cashpoints available in the city center. Some banks will charge if you withdraw money from cashpoint belonging to another bank.