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What is a May Ball?

A May Ball is a lavish event that happens at the end of the academic year to celebrate students' hard work. The event is run entirely by students, for students. There will be open bars including spirits and cocktails, lots of different food options, three stages of student and professional music, a performance from a headliner, and much more!

When should I start queueing?

Please do not start queueing any earlier than 8pm, an hour before the ball begins. Most people will begin queueing at 8:30pm, half an hour before the ball starts.

What should I wear?

Homerton May Ball is formal dress, like something you would wear to a formal hall. We are not black tie. This year, unlike past Homerton May Balls, we will be encouraging guests to include costume elements in their outfits, embracing the scope of our theme.

What do I need to bring with me to the ball?

You will be required to bring a valid form of photo identification, such as a driving licence or passport. Your camCARD or university card is not a valid form of identification. Please ensure that the name on your ID matches the name on your ticket.  This is a 18+ event. All IDs will be checked upon entrance.

Your ticket will be sent to you via email after payment confirmation, including a QR code that you will be required to present upon entry.

Will the food be catered for my dietary requirements?

Absolutely! We’ve worked really hard to bring a range of caterers to the Ball that will offer options for vegetarians/vegans, halal, gluten free and many allergy requirements. Not all vendors will cater to everyone but there will be plenty of choice regardless of your requirements.

Can I take a bag?

Yes! Most people will want to take a little bag to keep their phone and other valuables in. If you’d like to take a slightly larger bag, like a backpack, that could be stored in our cloakroom. Please do not bring in a bag any larger than an A4 piece of paper.

I am hurt/feeling unwell during the May Ball. What should I do?

Please find a member of the committee (identifiable via a sash), or a member of the professional security team and ask them for access to either our quiet room or our first aid. Our first aid will be done by St John’s Ambulance.

Will there be a quiet room?

Yes! Our quiet room will be the Drawing Room. To gain access to this, please approach a member of the committee, identifiable by their sash, or a member of the security team. They will grant you access to the room, and then allow you back into the ball when you are ready. There will be chairs in this room, no harsh lighting, no music, access to water, and the space to take medication. The room is fully accessible without the need for steps.

Will I be able to leave and reenter the May Ball?

No, once you have left the May Ball you will not be permitted entry again. If you need a break whilst in the May Ball there is access to a quiet room if you approach a member of committee, or a member of the security team.

Where will I be able to see the pictures taken during the May Ball?

The link to the album will be posted on the website and social media a few days after the May Ball.

I don’t drink alcohol, will I still have fun at the May Ball?

Yes! Our Ents officers have prepared an incredible selection of fun things to experience over the course of the Ball and you will have an amazing time regardless of whether you drink or not. Our Drinks officers have made sure you have a range of delicious alternatives to alcoholic drinks throughout the evening.

Should I have dinner before the May Ball?

Completely up to you. We will have a range of food on offer but you might not be in the Ball itself and eating until 10pm so we recommend having some food earlier in the day to give you fuel to last the whole night!

Is the ball accessible?

The Ball is signed up to the Cambridge SU Access-A-Ball scheme. We have pledged according to the aims of the scheme:

  • To improve accessibility within the grounds of the Ball

  • To provide for as broad a range of access needs as possible so that all guests feel welcomed, cared for and may enjoy their evening

  • To have a designated committee member in charge of access requirement, trained by the Access-A-Ball scheme to ensure our event is accessible - please contact the presidents if you have any specific questions - our email is

  • You can find specific information here

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