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A formal is a nicer dinner offered on Tuesday and Thursday nights in college. Currently (12/02/2023), the tickets are £15 for student tickets and £18 for guest tickets. Each Selwyn member can book two guests on the online booking system without any additional process, if you want more than two guests, you can contact (source here), and they are likely to allow you to. It's a three-course meal, served with chocolate and coffee afterwards and a great way to celebrate something, or just do something a bit special. You can buy wine for the meal in the bar with either your cam card or a traditional bank card.

If you have dietary requirements, they are very accommodating so get in contact with catering if you have any questions  (


The college expects formal standards of dress from those attending (jacket & tie, or equivalent). They have been known to refuse people not wearing ties, so ensure you are wearing one if you are wearing a suit.

On special occasions such as birthdays, you can seek permission to allow a toast congratulating the birthday person.

You should be seated in the hall by 7.25pm.

Accessibility statement:

Formals take place in hall. It is accessible via the main steps which have a hand rail, and there is step free wheelchair access. The seating is not padded, there is a wheelchair accessible toilet. The nearest toilets are not gender neutral, but there are gender neutral toilets nearby in the bar. Free menstrual products are provided in all toilets. There isn't a hearing loop. For parking requests, please contact the porters ( For enquiries about access, please get in contact with our Disabled Students Officer ( 

Cambridge Bursary Students:

Cambridge Bursary Students can request for up to three formals a term to be refunded by contacting

Find out how to book formal hall here

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