Transportation & Parking
Thinking about bringing a car to campus? You might want to think again. Since you can't drive to class and parking around the residence halls is pretty limited, the expense of having a car on campus (that is likely to sit in a far away lot) might not be worth it. Besides there are plenty of other ways to get around campus!
Take the Bus
Getting around ISU and Ames is easy thanks to CyRide, the local bus system that’s FREE for students. Student fees help cover the cost of CyRide which makes frequent stops in all residential neighborhoods, all over campus, and throughout the Ames community.
Ride Your Bike
Some days it seems like everyone in Iowa has a bike! Bicycle racks are plentiful across campus and you can always find someone to ride with you. If you bring a bike to campus, you will need to register it with the ISU Parking Division, for free, on AccessPlus. Don't forget to bring a bicycle lock.
If you must bring a vehicle (including motorcycles) to campus, you are required to register it with the ISU Parking Division in order to receive a parking permit. Permit costs vary based on the type of vehicle and assigned lot.
On-campus residents are given permits only for specific "Residence Halls" lots (marked in orange on the map). While this is typically determined by where you are assigned to live, lot assignments are based on a first come, first served basis. Lots fill quickly and many students are ultimately assigned to park at the Stadium (lots 52-58). During football season, cars parked in the Stadium lots MUST be moved before midnight the night before all home football games. The home game schedule is printed on the back of the permits and is available on the Athletics webpage.
You can register your vehicle and purchase your Parking Permit online using AccessPlus. The start date for vehicle registration will be announced on AccessPlus and the ISU Parking Division web site.