You will want to open a bank account soon after you arrive at Drake. An internet search can provide a complete listing, although some of the banks most commonly used by international students are listed below. US Bank is the closest bank to Drake, just four blocks from the International Center. Citibank, Bank of America, Bankers Trust and Wells Fargo Bank are located a few blocks away and can be reached by bus or walking. Additional information about banking will be provided when you arrive.
Citibank, Bank of America, Bankers Trust and Wells Fargo Bank have international divisions that handle foreign currency exchange and foreign bank drafts, if you need such services. Most banks also offer safe deposit boxes (for a fee), where you may protect your valuables such as passports, tax forms or other documents, and “money cards” which allow you to use Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).
You may open your account by depositing cash, traveler's checks or a bank draft. After opening your account, you may have money wired from your bank at home.
US Bank (within walking distance of Drake)
2401 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311
Citibank (ATM/US Bank Branch)
1221 25th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311
Wells Fargo Bank
2840 Ingersoll Ave. Des Moines, IA 50312
Bank of America
3422 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
Bankers Trust (downtown)
453 7th St. Des Moines, IA 50309