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

Door into Chum's

Cholmondeley's (Chumley's/Chum's) is a unique and intimate space overseen by the Department of Student Engagement, tucked away in the historic Usen Castle, that Brandeis departments, clubs, and organizations can reserve for meetings and small-scale events. Chum's has cozy seating, a small stage, and a sound system, plus a piano. 

Who was Cholmondeley?

Chumley's Birthday

Chum'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 Cholmondeley on campus. During the day, Cholmondeley 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. Cholmondeley encountered various visiting luminaries of the 1960s and attended a famous birthday party that ended up in "Look Magazine." 

Meetings and Events at Chum's

chums 2021Chum'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 reach out to University Events to reserve Chum's.


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 Chum'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)