Last update, June 2022 4-min read
First of all, you should know that it is required to have a local bank account for most of the administrative procedures you will have to carry out (registration with the Health Insurance, electricity/gas plan, mobile plan, internet bundle, housing aid application).
We therefore strongly recommend that you open a local bank account as soon as you arrive in France, as this will make it easier for you 👍
We compared all the French banks based on 4 criteria:
Bank account & credit card
Inexpensive, no hidden fees
Multilingual customer support
Our recommendation, Revolut
Digital bank, €0 monthly fee
| The perfect solution for international students
Founded in 2015, Revolut has already appealed to over 15 million people, including us! Feedback from out international community is also positive, they appreciate the fact that Revolut offers a free solution and that it is very convenient for a short stay in France (< 1 year).
Why do we recommend Revolut?
👏 French IBAN: Revolut is one of the only neo-banks to offer a French IBAN and you will need it for most of your administrative procedures in France.
🤗 Easy to use: opening a Revolut account is free and almost instantaneous, you just need a smartphone.
🌍 International bank: Revolut is an English company and its customer support is multilingual (English, French, Spanish…) 👌