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.

Inside Chum's - Fall 2020

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 study groups, meetings, or small-scale club events.

NEW FOR 2021-2022!

We now have a piano, Giant Jenga, and Giant Scrabble. When weather permits outside activities, we also have Adirondack chairs, corn hole, and chalk for creating chalk art on the pavement.

SPRING 2022 Update

The capacity of Chum's will be restricted to 25 people at a time to facilitate social distancing. Food and beverage are to-go only. Green Campus Passports and masks are required.

Meetings and Events @ Chum's

Cholmondeley's is a great place for meetings and events! Chum's is offering free 90-minute meeting times for departmental programs, clubs and organizations, tutors and study groups, musicians and bands, and other special interest groups. Clubs and organizations may also rent Chum's to host small-scale coffeehouse events, like poetry readings, stand-up comedy, improv, a cappella, open-mic nights, and student concerts.

SPRING 2022 Update

Due to capacity limits and Brandeis-only restrictions, Chum's will no longer host dance parties or concerts with outside contractors, like DJs or professional bands. Also, all events must end by midnight.

Event Schedule

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

Past Special Events @ Chum's

1st & 2nd Year Mixer @ Chum's

September 11, 2021

4 p.m.-7 p.m.

First and second year students are invited come to Chum's, located in the Usen Castle, to mix and mingle! Meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy music, games, and free snacks!
Campus Mixer

September 26, 2021

3 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Chum's team would like to invite all students to join us at Chum's for a fun opportunity to meet new people, listen to music, eat free snacks, and play games.

Family and Friends Lounge

October 16, 2021

1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Brandeis families and friends are invited to relax, play games, and enjoy some coffee and snacks at Cholmondley's (Chum's) in the Usen Castle.

Arts, Crafts, and Mental Health

November 14, 2021

2 p.m.-5 p.m.

De-stress with some arts, crafts, and conversation. Chum's will provide the craft supplies and FREE hot cocoa, tea, and coffee.
Study Hall & Create @Chum's: Snowflake Making
Thursday, December 9-Sunday, December 12
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Come to Chum's to study, relax, and drink coffee! We'll also have craft supplies for you to make cut-out snowflakes, which is a great way to relieve stress.
Chum's & WBRS Zine Making

December 11, 2021

6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Bring your magazines and creativity to Chum's for a night of Zine Making. We'll have scissors and glue on hand, as well as FREE pizza!

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)