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SETTING UP A BANK ACCOUNT

One of your first priorities when you arrive in Canada should be to set up a student bank account. You will need a bank account in order to receive payment from most employers, to write and cash cheques, and pay bills such as rent and utilities.

To open an account you will need to take your passport, study permit, proof that you are studying (e.g. letter of acceptance or timetable) and the funds you wish to deposit. In Canada, most people use debit/atm cards rather than carry a lot of cash, so you should ask for a debit card when you set up your account. If you would like assistance opening a Canadian bank account, please speak with an International Student Advisor at the International Centre.

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