Moulin Rouge - Oxford Union Ball

By Amy Ellis Winter


The Oxford Union is one of the most exciting aspects of the University lifestyle as a student. Whether you enjoy the chance to interact with famous faces from the worlds of showbiz, literature, sport, politics, science, music; thrive in debate and public speaking; or need an excuse to dress up and attend a luxurious themed ball, there’s something for everyone.

This Michaelmas term, the Oxford Union transformed itself into Paris, 1899, and acrobats, showgirls and cancan dancers transported us into the heart of the Moulin Rouge. We were treated to the likes of a candyfloss cart, a gin and tonic fountain, oysters and a chocolate fountain, making the night a truly magical experience.

The silent disco, karaoke and three-hour celebrity DJ set hosted by Dick and Dom did not go amiss as we partied the night away in the iconic debating chamber where Hilary Clinton, Alan Carr and actor Brian Cox had previously stood two weeks prior.

Tickets for the Oxford Union Ball are extremely sought after with the Moulin Rouge Ball selling out in mere minutes; however, the Union hosts two balls a year (Michaelmas and Hilary Term) with a summer garden party during Trinity term so there are many opportunities to attend should you initially miss out!

Top Tips:

The Oxford Union life membership is cheaper for the first three weeks of term if you’re a fresher!


Only Union members can buy tickets to the balls, but you can invite guests.

The Oxford Union Balls are one of the cheaper Oxford balls – with access tickets available for those from low income backgrounds (as well as a reduced rate for the life membership).

Tickets sell out fast so set an alarm, but if you miss it there will be future opportunities!