Oxford balls are ridiculously expensive and socially discriminatory

(134 Posts)
funnyperson Sun 17-Feb-13 04:18:00

Well just that, really. Assuming that a student is sociable enough to have friends at different colleges, it is nice to be able to think of going to a number of different balls, especially in the summer. Except that the 'cheap' ball tickets are £85 and more usually £120. A young student recently won free tickets to two balls, totalling £210. Given that the balls are the main college social events this is sad. Min budget for tickets to go to, say, 5 balls a year including the Union ball but excluding a law society ball would be £700. The rich, in short, only dance with the rich.

TheGoodOldDays Mon 11-Mar-13 00:29:17

Aah, Exeter sweaty bops, those were the days!
OP I flabbergasted at how involved you are - perhaps your dd should choose her own outfit and decide which balls she can afford? She's managed to get into Oxford so I'm sure she's capable of doing a bit of shopping for herself.
I only went to my own college ball, which was held each year and I'm sure she'll survive without going to 5. No networking went on at them either; far better to talk to people at tutorials or in the library or at the kebab van on Broad Street

funnyperson Tue 12-Mar-13 02:55:03

The college disco with the rugby club getting drunk doesn't cut it or compare in my opinion.
My own university ball/dinner was at the Savoy and I still remember the moment 50 butlers came in, each with the flambe baked alaska , the flames of which were mirrored round the room. It was magical and very unlike the rather grim drunk stuff in college which I avoided after freshers week.

funnyperson Tue 12-Mar-13 03:25:10

I think balls should be in the student's budget plan-probably at least £250 per year to include dress, when setting the yearly budget.

I think its ok to talk about clothes or even go shopping with one's daughter- it is one of the joys of having a (pretty) daughter. Of course what happens in reality is she gets given the money and gets on with it and I might see a photo if I'm lucky.

Anyway this thread is too intense, and doesn't reflect reality, though it has been lovely hearing about other people's memories and experience, smile and some great advice.

LittleBearPad Tue 12-Mar-13 11:06:33

Um. It does sound as though the uni ball you went to was pretty different to the norm though.

GrendelsMum Tue 12-Mar-13 16:50:34

Gosh, that sounds fantastic!

I'm afraid it was quite a lot posher than any of the balls I ever went to at Cambridge.

FreckledLeopard Tue 12-Mar-13 16:54:40

I only went to my College Ball. As did most of my friends. Otherwise we just went to bops or house parties or any other usual thing. Sure there were rich people at Oxford, but there were certainly a lot of normal people. And universities like Bristol or Exeter are probably richer than Oxbridge.

funnyperson Wed 13-Mar-13 11:19:43

Just thought I would mention that my ticket at the Savoy was very heavily subsidised for students and cost about £20. All the girls wore high street clothes.

LittleBearPad Wed 13-Mar-13 13:10:17

Which university was it and when was it. The ball tickets these days are no more expensive than when I last went in the early 2000s. Not bad considering inflation since then.

funnyperson Thu 14-Mar-13 19:00:34

London. In the golden age of course. grin

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