The Bar is clearly a second home for many at Chad’s, and is certainly one of the focal points of the social life of the college. It’s friendly atmosphere and quirky setting make it the ideal place to meet and greet your friends. At Chad’s, we welcome people who don’t have any desire to get drunk and fall over just as much as anyone else, and despite what university stereotypes might suggest, it’s not all about drinking vast quantities of alcohol. In fact, in keeping with DSU policy, we sell ludicrously cheap soft drinks, just because we can!
Freshers will be given the opportunity to work behind the bar early in the first term, and anyone who enjoys a good laugh and isn’t afraid of a busy couple of hours work should feel free to get stuck in. Bar Staff get also free crisps and soft drinks! It’s also a great way to make new friends and get some experience (you don’t need any at all to do it!).
As Bar President I am in charge of the Bar Committee. 'BarCom' is made up of five undergraduates who manage various aspects of the day-to-day running of one of the most popular college bars in Durham. My job is to ensure that everyone else on the committee is doing their job as well as liaising with the Exec, Senior Management and helping with Social Events and College Balls. We've a great range of World Beers and Premium Spirits that regularly bring in visitors from all across Durham. With a great cosy atmosphere, Chad's Bar is the perfect place for a night out, as well as a casual drink after a long day of studying (and procrastination). In addition, anyone from Chad's (with a little training of course) can work the bar. All of the money we make each year is invested into various committees, sports and charity; with some money set aside to improve the bar. If it's not already evident, I love talking about the bar, so feel free to ask if you have any questions!
As Manager I work closely with Hamish and the rest of the committee to help run what is widely regarded the best college bar in Durham. One of my responsibilities is to manage staff. At Chad’s we pride ourselves on being the only college to let all students work the bar. No experience necessary. You will have the chance to sign up during Freshers’ Week, and for every shift worked you receive 8 bar tokens. You literally get paid in beer! If I had any advice to give it would be to use the JCR (common room) as it’s the best way to get to know people. I look forward to meeting you all in the new term.
I am in charge of ordering drinks, so if your favourite isn’t stocked it is my fault, let me know and we might just order it in for you! Definitely get involved in the bar, whether you drink or not, as it is a social centre of Chad’s being a great way to meet people in other years and those who live out!
As Bar Treasurer I take care of the bar accounts, which are available to anyone, and, as part of the bar committee, take care of the bar in general. I will often be behind the bar during Freshers’ Week along with the rest of the committee, and I encourage all of you to make the most of this great space, which is an enjoyable, communal (and cheap) place to have a great night, or a quiet chat with friends. The bar is at the centre of college life, make sure you take advantage of it!
Being Head Cellarman means I am in charge of drinks and maintaining the cellar, the most important part of the bar! My top tip is to get involved not only with the bar but with as many aspects of College life as you can in your fresher’s year, e.g. sport, formals, music, etc. Also, make sure to take advantage of our wonderful bar, you will learn to love it as a place not only for drinking but for socialising and relaxing. Look forward to meeting you all!