Cholmondeley's Coffee House (Chum's)
Cholmondeley's (Chum's) is Brandeis' iconic student run coffee house, tucked away in the historic Usen Castle, named for a Black and Tan Coonhound belonging to the campus photographer Ralph Norman. Throughout its history, Cholmondeley's has played host to, among others, Tracy Chapman, the J. Geils Band, Joan Baez, and the first American performance of Genesis.
Cholmondeley's is a unique and intimate space where Brandeis community members are welcome to come to study, relax, spend time with friends, and hold small study groups, meetings, or club events; all while maintaining safe distancing. Our friendly Chum's team members ensure that safety protocols are being followed.
Chum's menu is currently limited to packaged beverages and a few take-out snack items. We only accept cash as payment at this time, but credit card service is coming soon.
Chum's Spotify Playlists
Enjoy the cool sounds of Chum's Spotify playlists! If you have a Spotify playlist that you'd like to share, please email your spotify link to email@example.com.
The Coffeehouse Playlist: a collaborative playlist of background music of the Cholmondeley's Coffeehouse
Trizzy's Cafe: Tre's playlist featuring lo-fi instrumentals, jazz songs, calm raps, and piano covers
Tre's Beach: A spring break styled music mix (original lyrics)
Chill at the Castle with the Brandeis Beacons and Cholmondeley's for some FREE Lizzy's ice cream, music, and indoor and outdoor games and activities. Free ice cream and other snacks will be available from noon - 2 p.m. or until we run out, whichever comes first.
Check out Cholmondeley's Event Schedule to find out who is hosting an event and when.
Chum's Final Day of Operation is May 9
Senior Celebration: Cap Decorating
Thursday, May 6
Noon - 4 p.m.
Bring your cap to Chum's and use our supplies to decorate your cap for the big day! You can decorate at Chum's or take some supplies to-go!
Study @ Chum's
Thursday, May 6, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9, Noon - 6 p.m.
If you need a place to study, come to Chum's! We're a quiet and cozy spot where you can spread out, get comfortable, and maintain physical distancing.
Hosting Events @ Chum's
We hope to return to hosting coffeehouse events, like poetry readings, theater and dance performances, stand-up comedy, a cappella, open-mic nights, and small concerts next year. In the meantime, Undergraduate Student Union accredited clubs, graduate student organizations, and Brandeis University departments and programs may reserve Cholmondeley's for 90-minute meetings or for longer small-scaled events.