Cholmondeley's Coffee House (Chum's)

Door into 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.

Winter/Spring 2021

Inside Chum's - Fall 2020Cholmondeley'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.

Please note that the capacity of the Chum's is currently limited to 10 guests at a time. All attendees must bring their ID, wear face coverings at all times, and maintain safe distancing within the space. The Chum's menu is currently packaged beverages and is cash only. If consuming a beverage, you may pull down your mask to quickly take a drink, but do not fully remove it. This way, it can be most efficiently replaced over both your nose and mouth. Consuming food is not permitted at Chum's at this time.

Club Meet and Greet @ Chum's

Throughout the month of February, clubs will host 90-minute Meet and Greet sessions with potential new members and returning members at Cholmondeley's' Coffee House. Check out Cholmondeley's Event Schedule (below) to find out who is hosting an event and when.

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, if your club or organization is interested in hosting small, physically-distanced events, please submit your request using the Cholmondeley's Space Request Form (Spring 2021). Since Chum's capacity is currently limited to 10 people at a time, events should be scheduled to happen over a period of time that is long enough to accommodate the size of your anticipated attendance.

Past Events