The Return of the May Ball...


We're excited to announce that the Downing May Ball is coming back in 2023 on Tuesday 20th June! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with the latest announcements.


The ticket release dates have been announced! All tickets are available at noon on their respective release dates.
Downing (Students, Staff, Fellows, and Alumni) - 16.02.23
All Students/Alumni - 23.02.23

Guests will pay the same price as the person who invited them, except where access (or staff/fellow) discounts are applicable. Current Downing students, staff and fellows will be allowed 4 guests. All other ticket buyers may invite 1 guest. The guests do not need to buy the same ticket type as the person who invited them.

You may only purchase one add-on per standard entry ticket purchased. Add-on tickets do not provide entry to the ball and must be used in conjunction with a valid standard entry ticket.
Students who receive the full Cambridge bursary are eligible for reduced prices provided they send proof of their bursary status via email to within 7 days of purchasing the ticket.

Proof can be provided via a picture of your student finance statement for this academic year, showing the maintenance loan amount. If you do not have access to this, any proof of payment of the termly bursary amount to your bank account by the university (e.g. via a picture of a bank statement which includes your name), may be used.

  • Standard

    Student - £179
    Non-Student - £182
    Full Bursary Downing Student - £90
    Full Bursary Non-Downing Student - £135
    Downing Staff/Fellows - £99

    Inclusive access to the best food, drinks and entertainments on offer. Standard entry ticket holders will be able to enter the Ball from 8:30pm.


    • Queue Jump


      Guarantee yourself first entry! With a queue jump add-on there’s no waiting around to get into the Ball

    • VIP


      You can enter the May Ball from 7:30pm, and will have access to an exclusive champagne reception, as well as entertainments and offerings seen by no other ticket holders.

    • Dining


      You can enter the May Ball from 6:15pm and will be given a full three course meal courtesy of Downing catering, as well as exclusive entertainments offered to no other ticket holder.

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Name Changes

If you sell your ticket/give your ticket to somebody else, you must inform the ticketing officer via email at .

Timeline Adds-ons Alone Standard Tickets/Standard Tickets with Add-ons
Untill 28th May 2023 £10 £20
From 29th May 2023 to 11th June 2023 £20 £40

Name changes will not be allowed after 11th June 2023.


Downing May Ball is fortunate to work with a diverse range of providers. If you represent a UK-based company and would like to work with us to help create a fantastic student event for 2000+ guests in the heart of Cambridge, please register your interest below.

For Vendors

Downing College May Ball is looking to hire workers for multiple positions integral to making the ball a success.
Working at the ball promises a vibrant, rewarding experience in an unforgettable atmosphere.
Applications are now open for both Supervisor and General Worker positions, apply via the links below!

General Worker


Downing May Ball recognises the importance of accessibility for guests, workers, and vendors. We have published our provisional accessibility statement to give as much information about the accessibility of the event as we can at this point in time. We will publish a finalised accessibility statement nearer the event itself. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions of how we can make the event and information about the event as accessible to you as possible, please get in touch with Eleanor on . You are welcome to contact us even before purchasing a ticket or applying to work with us, and all information and communication between guests and our accessibility lead will be kept confidential (only to be shared with committee members on a need-to-know basis to implement accessible arrangements).

Accessibility Statement



Imogen Grimes

Vice-President - Operations

Emily Darnell

Vice-President - Creative

Shreyti Kaul


Cameron Lackey


Lulu Zhao


Pedro Aranguez Diaz & Ruari Wilson


Lucas Ng & Maria Avramidou

Musical Ents

Alexander Cobb

Non-musical Ents

Victoria Bedford


Christie Thomas, Katie Ramsay
& Odin Noorani


Emily Darnell, Ansh Sharma


Josée Mallah

Graphics & Social Media

Morenike Fasinro


Trista Wu

Welfare & Accessibility

Eleanor Bartram

Welfare & Sustainability

Keen Burapath


Jackie Guo

Security & Safety

Luigi Rizzo