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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. 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.

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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