Opening a bank account
If you wish, you can open a bank account in the Netherlands. With your Dutch bank card you can pay for your purchases in most of the shops, supermarkets and restaurants.
International students can set up a bank account at the ING Bank at the Vrijthof in Maastricht. For this purpose you can bring a proof of enrolment with you. Or request a proof of application at the Enrolment Office.
Use of bank and credit cards
If you have a bank card that allows access to the Cirrus or Maestro network, you can withdraw money from your account through ATMs. You will need a PIN-code to access your account. Most shops only accept cash payment or payment by bank card. In some cases also credit card payment is possible. The Netherlands has a relatively high living standard and some products may be more expensive than in your own country.