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Finding affordable football at university: A life ‘On the Loan’ – The Independent

Being a university student in Manchester means two things: the chance to earn a world class education, and the chance to watch a lot - and I do mean a lot - of football. However, the primary thing both of these goals have in common is that they both cost a lot - and again I really do mean a lot - of money. But, unlike a university education, football doesn’t have to break the bank. 

To attend a Premier League match at, say, Manchester City costs upwards of £35-£60 per ticket with a student discount, though cup games are subsidised for students to sometimes as low as £15. But young fans can reduce the cost even further –and afford to go to more games --by watching a lower league team for a fraction of the price.

On the Loan - named such because we are students who spend most of our maintenance grant on football matches - chronicles our successful attempts at watching football on a budget. A student - or anyone with only pennies to spare - doesn’t have to stop watching a match on a Saturday or every other Saturday, or sometimes a Monday night in Blackburn if you’re feeling adventurous. 

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