Cholmondeley's (Chumley's/Chum's)

Door into Chum's

chums 2021Cholmondeley's (Chumley's/Chum's) is a unique and intimate space, tucked away in the historic Usen Castle, that Brandeis departments, clubs, and organizations can reserve for meetings and small-scale events. In addition to having cozy seating, a small stage, and a sound system, Chum's has a piano, Giant Jenga, and Giant Scrabble. When weather permits, we also have corn hole and chalk that can be used outside on the pavement.

Who was Cholmondeley/Chumley?
Chumley's Birthday

Cholmondeley's was named after a Black and Tan Coonhound belonging to the campus photographer Ralph Norman. As the story goes, Mr. Norman's assistant, Elliot Ross, bought the puppy as a gift for Mr. Norman. Unfortunately, Mrs. Norman wasn't particularly fond of the pup because he was quite rambunctious, so Mr. Norman kept Chumley on campus. During the day, Chumley freely wandered around the campus grounds, greeting students and visitors; he spent his nights in the photography studio and dark room, located in the Usen Castle. Chumley encountered various visiting luminaries of the 1960s and attended a famous birthday party that ended up in "Look Magazine." 

Meetings and Events @ Chum's

Cholmondeley's is a great place for departments, clubs and organizations to host meetings or small-scale events, like poetry readings, stand-up comedy, improv, a cappella, and open-mic nights. Due to capacity limits and Brandeis-only restrictions, Chum's cannot host dance parties or concerts with outside contractors. All events must end by midnight. 

Please submit your Cholmondeley's Space Request Form at least three weeks in advance. 

Meetings that use the standard room setup and have no technology are free for meetings up to 90-minutes. Longer events and those with a change in the room set-up or technology needs cost $50 for every 2.5 hour block of time. 

Monday - Thursday: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5 p.m. - Midnight
Saturday: 1 p.m. - Midnight
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Up to 90 Minutes with Standard Room Setup: FREE
2.5 hours: $50
2.5 - 5 hours: $100
5 - 7 hours: $150
7 - 9 hours: $200

*Rental fees are for services and equipment provided by Chum's, including set-up, basic audio-visual equipment operation, event monitoring, and clean-up, from the club's arrival through departure. Renters will be given up to 15-minutes of grace time at the end of the rental period. 

Event organizers may not charge admission for events; however, donations may be collected. Cholmondeley's is not available for personal use or outside events.


Clubs can host their event at Cholmondeley's and have Chum's staff operate the Chum's food equipment during the event. There is a $10 fee for the use of the popcorn machine. The coffee urn is free of charge. Clubs will be responsible for acquiring the beverage and food that corresponds with these items and bringing them to Chum's prior to the event.

If you would like to host an event at Cholmondeley's using any of Chum's food equipment, please complete a Cholmondeley's Space Request Form and note the food equipment request on the form.

Cholmondeley's Space Request Form


Event Schedule

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

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)