Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets will be launched on Thursday 26th April at Midday on square 3. From Friday 27th onwards they will be available from the Students Union reception on square 3, SU promotional staff and from the tickets page here.
How many tickets can I buy?
With an Essex University student card you can buy a ticket for yourself and one guest. If you wish to buy tickets on behalf of other Essex students you must bring their student cards with you when you buy the ticket - you will only be able to buy one ticket on each extra student card you bring.
Students from other Universities and colleges can not buy tickets with their student card, although they can be the guest of a Essex student.
What is my ticket?
Your ticket will be a wristband which must be pre-collected and worn on your entrance to the event. We ask you to keep your wristband on all evening. Please be aware that participants without a wristband or with a defaced or destroyed wristband will be refused entry or asked to leave.
If you purchase your ticket online you will need to collect your wristband from the SU reception in exchange for your printed receipt no later than Thursday 7th June. Printed receipts from online purchases will not be accepted for entry into the Summer Ball.
What is a fast track ticket?
A fast track ticket is a limited edition add-on that will allow 300 guests to queue jump between 9 and 10pm at the event entrance and also at the ball bank. It is an extra £5 and can only be bought from the tickets page here.
Do I need a physical ticket?
YES. ALL ticket purchasers must pick up their wristband from the Students’ Union reception, or from promoters, before the event. No one will be granted access to the event without their wristband and student card. Lost wristbands cannot be replaced or refunded so please keep them safe.
My wristband is too tight, what can I do?
If you have tightened your wristband prior to putting it on your wrist it can be released by pulling the toggle to the end of the band. Once the wristband is on your wrist it cannot be loosened so please be careful when tightening it.
Can people who aren't students attend?
Yes. Guests do not have to be students. Please be aware that the Summer Ball is only for people over the age of 18.
Is there a good turn out of non-final students and staff at the Summer Ball?
The Summer Ball attracts students from every walk of life - the diversity of the attractions and acts means that there is something for everyone at the Summer Ball. Mature and postgraduate students are well represented at the event, and all years are welcome, whether they’re Freshers or otherwise!
Is food included in the ticket price?
No, however there are a number of festival style food outlets at the Summer Ball serving a range of food including chips, burgers, Chinese, pizza etc. but we advise you to eat a good, healthy meal before you set off from home.
I have lost my wristband. What do I do next?
There are no refunds available. Lost wristbands cannot be replaced and will need to be re-purchased
Can alumni attend?
Essex alumni are more than welcome to attend the Summer Ball. You can purchase tickets online as normal for the same price as current students. We are aware that some Alumni will be travelling to this event and picking up your wristband beforehand is not possible. We have therefore organised an Alumni pick-up stand at the ball where you can exchange your purchase receipt for a wristband. You will need to present your alumni card at this point. If you do not have an alumni card you can request one from the alumni office at the University. Please note the pick-up stand is a service for Alumni only! Current students need to pick up their wristband before the event as is explained above.