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.

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.

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. If consuming a beverage, you may pull down your mask to quickly take a drink, but do not fully remove it. Consuming food is not currently permitted..

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

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)

Event Schedule

Check out Cholmondeley's Event Schedule to find out who is hosting an event and when.

Final's Schedule

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.

Past Events Hosted by Chum's