Parking on Campus

Sarah Rich

Students on and off campus who wish to park their vehicles during the school year may not know where to park. To avoid fines, here are the places to park on campus and when to get permits.


Residence hall parking permits

Residence hall parking permits are available for freshmen to purchase on July 19 at 7 a.m. Residence hall parking and Frederiksen Court as well as Schilletter and University Village permits normally cost around $150 per year. Students will normally receive their permit in the mail within the first week before class.


Commuter Permits

Student commuters living in Ames can start getting permits on August 14 at 9 a.m. Those from out of town can get permits on July 20 at 9 a.m. These are also approximately $150  for one year. Commuters may also park in designated lots for free and take CyRide’s orange route onto campus. Permits are also available for the Ames Intermodal Facility, which offers reduced prices and is located on the southwest side of campus. Permits are open to purchase on April 19 at 7 a.m.


Parking lots

Free commuter parking is in lots A3, A4, B4, B5 and B6. Paid commuter lots are Lots 29, 68 and 119. There is also pay-by-the-hour parking for 75 cents per hour in Lot 100 by Lied Recreation Center, East Campus Parking Deck on east campus and Lot 21 on the west side of campus.


To see a map of campus with locations of parking lots, visit



Stadium Parking

Some students may opt for a slightly cheaper route of parking at Jack Trice Stadium. At only $107 per year, CyRide has a stop near the stadium to give a ride to campus or go into town. Students must move their vehicle from the lot by midnight the night before a home game. During the weekends, many lots on campus which are normally reserved  are open to students driven out by fans. Any lot that has a 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekday restriction is open to students who wish to park there during the weekend of game day.


Parking tickets

If students do not have a pass that allows them to park in a specific lot, they could face a number of parking tickets. Tickets will be charged to a student’s U-Bill and ways to pay can be found the ISU Parking Division’s website. Additional tickets can build up if the vehicle is not moved in a timely manner. Parents or guests that find the bright yellow ticket packet on their windshield can fill a Visitor Void on the parking division’s website, but this can only be done up to three times per vehicle.


Help Van

Although this isn’t related to parking, students that are having car trouble can call the Help Van at 515-294-4444. The Help Van is there to assist students with jump-starting cars, changing a flat tire, shoveling snow or offering a ride to and from the nearest gas station for fuel. The Help Van hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.