Worried about finances abroad? A student account helps you to manage your finances and transact in nearly all major currencies.
We know it may be a little weird as you are
moving out of your parent’s umbrella and starting a very crucial chapter of
your life. Excited for your first year at a university abroad? One of the first
things you will have to do is to open a Student Bank account.
Here are the five things that you should keep in mind before opening a student savings account. Banks in India open a student’s account as NRE (Non- External) specially created for students, so you can manage your finances with ease and convenience when you are studying outside India.
Things to look for while opening a student saving account
Bank Fees: We highly recommend you to
carefully read through the terms and conditions before signing up with a bank.
The set of charges in a student account is different from a normal savings
account. You surely don’t want to get shocked to see unexpected charges such as
charges for withdrawing cash from other bank’s machines or unauthorized
Overdrafts: Usually banks tend to offer
an overdraft facility to students at a fairly less interest rate than the
market. It is really beneficial to have this facility when you are a student on
a tight budget. Look for the bank that extends the highest student overdraft
because you never know when you are in an emergency that requires immediate
need of funds.
Freebies: Banks do offer some incentives
to students to bank with them. However, you should not just open an account
based on these benefits. Most of the banks offer just short term cash backs and
discount schemes. It is a smarter practice to evaluate an account holistically.
After all, there are some discounts that you can simply get with your student
ID, so opening a bank account solely because of freebies is not worth it.
Convenience: There are plenty of points where you can
avail a banking service like ATMs and mobile kiosks. However, it is always good
to have a branch of your bank nearby in case you wish to interact with banking
personnel. Also, look if the bank provides internet and mobile banking. It
saves travel costs and commute time and most of the students prefer mobile
banking applications of net banking
Minimum balance: The requirement of
maintaining a minimum balance varies across banks. ICICI‘s student bank account
has a minimum balance requirement of Rs 5000. Make sure that you know what is
your bank’s minimum requirement in order to avoid unexpected charges
Documents required to open a student saving bank account
Passport: Photocopy of the First
and last four pages of the passport (pages with your name, address, date of
birth, date and place of issue, expiry date, photograph, and signature). The
signature should be clearly visible and match the signature on your
Valid student visa: In order to open an operational student bank account you need to
submit a copy of your valid student visa/ identity card from the university to
be obtained to confirm student status. An I20 form would be required in the
case of students traveling to the United States of America.
Address proof: A student is supposed to submit a complete list of both Indian and
Benefits of a student bank account:
Tax benefits: The interest you earn on
your deposit in a student bank account is not taxable in India unlike interest
earned on a normal savings account
Wide access: Student account holders get
an international debit cum ATM card meant to provide convenient access in most
of the countries. Money could be withdrawn in nearly all major currencies.
However, there is a hefty charge for every withdrawal you make.
Easy Movement of Funds: A student saving account being an NRE account
is fully repatriable. Repatriability of funds means that it is capable of being
withdrawn from an account in a foreign country and then deposited in any other
country in a totally different currency. In simple words, a student could
withdraw money from his account and deposit it into an account in any other
Student account is not so popular in India, therefore only a few banks extend this facility. Student account is also available as a NRE (Non-residential External) account that offers account holders a huge spree of services like overdraft facility and international Debit cum ATM card. We recommend you to thoroughly go through the terms and conditions before you open an account to avoid unexpected charges.