For safety and convenience, it is advisable that you keep your money in a local bank while studying at Princeton. Many banks will provide special services or accounts for Princeton students. There are several banks within walking distance of Princeton University where you can open a checking or a savings account during regular banking hours. There is a distinction between checking and savings accounts in a U.S. bank. Checking accounts may or may not accrue interest, while savings accounts always do. The differences between various banks are minor, but their services, policies, and fees may change from time to time. Keep in mind that some banks may require a Social Security Number in order to open a new account. Consult the specific bank for more information.
All of the banks listed below are within walking distance of campus: