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It is a good idea to open a bank account as soon as you can.  A bank account is required to conduct most business transactions in the U.S.  You will need a checking account to be able to pay bills, rent, deposits for housing etc.  Typically, to open a bank account you will need a social security number, but since you will not receive one for at least a month most banks will allow you to use your Vanderbilt ID.  Be sure to give your social security number to the bank as soon as you receive one.

When you go to open a checking account take the following items with you:

  • Home address
  • Student ID
  • Passport and I-20/DS-2019 or social security number and driver’s license


Banks in the Nashville Area:

Telephone Banking: 1-800-734-4667
*1604 21st Ave. S.
*3021 West End Ave.
*1200 Rosa L Parks Boulevard
*1600 Division St #100

Bank of America
Telephone Banking: 1-800-432-1000
*2121 Blakemore Ave.
*1634 Church Street
*1013 16th Ave. S.

First Tennessee
Telephone Banking: 1-800-382-5465
*3011 West End Ave.
*2306 21st Ave. S.
*4014 Hillsboro Rd
*511 Union Street

SunTrust Bank
Telephone Banking: 1-800-SUNTRUST
*1100 Broadway
*309 22nd Ave N # B
*2147 Belcourt Ave
ATM’s on campus
*2814 West End Ave.
*1715 West End Ave.
*1026 17th Ave.
*1605 21st Ave. S.
*Complete list at: