Frequently Asked Questions

  What’s included in my ticket? 

The ticket provides entry to the ball. Every ticket has unlimited access to all food and drink on offer. We will have a variety of vendors on the night, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. You will also have the chance to enjoy all the musical ents and activities we have planned for the night. We have plenty of surprises planned and hope you are all as excited as we are!

Some ticket add-ons are available. A Dining ticket will include a three-course sit-down dinner before the ball officially begins.

Who can buy tickets and when do ticket allocations open?

Queens' May Ball is only open to Queens' Students, PDRAs, Staff, Fellows, Alumni, and their guests. Tickets will not go on general sale. Each current member is entitled to one ticket and three guest tickets with the possibility of balloting for up to two additional guest tickets. Ticket release will be on 8th November.

Due to unprecedented demand we have temporarily restricted sales of guest tickets for alumni to 1 each, with the option to ballot for up to 4 more. We very much hope to be able to permit these balloting tickets and will get in contact as soon as possible. It is not necessary to pay for balloting tickets yet.

It will be neccessary for all guests to enter the ball with their host. 

Who is a Queens' Member?

A Queens' Member is a current Queens' Students, Staff or Fellow.

Can I change the name on my ticket?

The main ticket holder name cannot be changed. Guest name changes are permitted for a fee of £30 up until the deadline on 17th May 2023. After that, a name change will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances.

Can I get my ticket refunded?   

Ticket refunds are possible until 19th April 2023 for an admin fee of £30. However, it is possible to change the name of guests on a ticket for a fee of £30 up until 17th May 2023. If you believe you have an exceptional circumstance for a refund past this date, please get in contact with our ticketing team at

Is it possible to upgrade my ticket? 

An upgrade may be possible (e.g. to add dining or additional guests), depending on what ticket type you have. Please get in touch with our ticketing team at

What is the dress code for the ball?  

The dress code for the ball is black tie or formal national dress. Dresses below the knee are encouraged but guests should use their discretion as to what black-tie appropriate attire entails.

Is the ball accessible?   

We have done our best to make the ball accessible to everyone. However, please contact our Accessibility Officer with any questions or concerns.

Will special dietary requirements be catered for?  

We have done our best to cater for all dietary requirements and offer a large variety at the Ball. All allergen information will be published along with the event program on the week of the ball and will be clearly sign-posted on the night. Please contact our Food and Drink officers with any specific questions.

What happens if I have been put on the waiting list?   

The waiting list will close a week or two before the May Ball to give you the best chance possible of getting a ticket. If any tickets become available, you will be contacted.

When do worker applications open?

Worker applications can be submitted through the form on this  page . Worker applications will open before the end of Michaelmas term.

How do I audition to perform at the ball?   

Queens’ May Ball will be attending the May Ball Presidents Committee Big Audition Weekend at the end of Michaelmas 2022, we will also be running our own series of auditions early in Lent term 2023.

What does ‘recent alumni’ mean?   

Recent alumni is defined as ‘Anyone who graduated from Cambridge as a student at Queens’ after January 1st 2020’. Students on exchange programmes who concluded their programme after this date will also be classified as recent alumni.