Open a Bank Account

Sabadell Checking Account

Studentfy and Banco Sabadell have become partners to offer international students the option to open a checking account when they arrive here with no NIE needed, monthly fees, debit card fees or opening fees.

Most banks require a NIE and the process takes 30 to 45 days to acquire one. This is why through our partnership, you do not need a NIE to open the bank account and can open your bank account the day you arrive in Barcelona.

Why Sabadell?

Banco de Sabadell, S.A. (Catalan: Banc Sabadell) is the fifth-largest bank in Spain. It is a universal bank and specializes in serving small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It has a network of 2,873 branches (2,204 domestic and 669 international) and 11.4 million customers.

Check real-time balance

Check your balance in real time with no delays

Reports and analysis

Check your average monthly spend and what you have spent on

Easy transfers

Transfer money fast from and to your account

Withdraw money

Withdraw cash from any ATM in Spain or abroad

Free debit card

Receive a free debit card in a couple of days

Online shopping

Use your card to make online purchases and paying bills

Recurring transfers

Schedule recurring transfers and sit back and relax

Notifications and alerts

Customize your alerts and get real time notifications

Fingerprint identification

Use your fingerprint to log in and approve transactions


Manage your money securely using the latest encryption

Ease of mind

Ease your mind knowing your money is safe

Pension plans

Make a regular or extraordinary contribution to a pension plan

You can check out all the features of Sabadell on their official website.


At the moment we are working with 4 branches of Sabadell and you can open your account only at these four branches.

Carrer de la Diputació, 259, 08007 Barcelona
Avinguda Diagonal, 644, 08017 Barcelona
Avinguda de Roma, 22, 08015 Barcelona
Carrer de Valencia, 110, 08015 Barcelona

Documents required

You must attach all these documents to your email and if necessary, bring a copy to the bank:

Passport or ID

A valid passport and an ID proving your identity especially if you have a Spanish visa

School or work papers

School and/or work papers to show what you are going to do in Barcelona

Proof of residency

A copy of your empadronamiento and if not, a house contract and/or bills under your name

Fiscal ID number (NIF)

your fiscal ID number (NIF) if you are a Spanish citizen or paying taxes in Spain

Proof of money transfer

Economic documentation of the holder, or the parents if they are the ones transferring the money

Any other supporting document

Bring a copy of your empadronamiento and if not, a house contract and/or bills under your name

Depending on your nationality or case, you may be required to present some additional documents.

How to apply for a bank account digitally

Please note that you must have the Studentfy Card to be able to open the bank account. If you do not have the Studentfy card yet, please first purchase it here

Step 1

Download the form below and fill it out (in English or Spanish)

Step 2

Prepare all the documents you need (read what you need here)

Step 3

Send all your documents to

Step 4

Wait for a response from Sabadell regarding your application

Step 5

Go to the branch you picked to sign all the necessary documents

Step 6

Have your new Sabadell checking account ready to be used

Please note that the processing time might be longer than indicated due to holidays, vacations, missing documents, or any other reasons.


There is a form you must fill out and send it along with your other documents to

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, you can send them to

How long does the process take?

It might take anywhere between 2 working days to 7 days. If you need an account immediately, go to one of the branches we work with.

Do I need to present all the documents mentioned?

It's recommended to present as many documents as possible, however, depending on your case, you might not need or need additional documents.

What happens after sending the form?

Your form will be sent to Sabadell for processing and then they will contact you to go to their office to sign all the documents and present your documents.

Are there any other conditions or fees?

The bank may choose to sell you insurance or other plans. You do not need to accept them. Other conditions may apply depending on your nationality.

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