Directions to Campus

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Iowa State University is located in Ames, Iowa. Interstate 35 runs north and south just east of Ames, and U.S. Highway 30 runs east and west just south of campus.

Directions to Ames by car and from the Des Moines International Airport.

If you are traveling to Ames via Interstate 35, take Exit 111B labeled "30 West." Travel west on Highway 30, then take Exit 146, the "University Boulevard/ISU" exit. Drive north on University Boulevard to Lincoln Way (the fourth traffic light). At Lincoln Way, turn left (west) past Hilton Coliseum and C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.

Campus visitors to Iowa State University may park in the parking ramp attached to the Memorial Union where your program will be held. The ramp is located at the south edge of campus at the Lincoln-Way/Lynn Avenue intersection.

Entering the Memorial Union Parking Ramp.

  • South entrance – When traveling west on Lincoln Way, immediately after the traffic signal at Ash Avenue there is an entrance to the parking ramp. Turn right (north) into that entrance. You can also turn right on Lynn and immediately right again into the south entrance.

We encourage you to park in the Memorial Union Parking Ramp attached to the east side of the Memorial Union. You will be provided one free parking voucher during check-in. If you are bringing more than one vehicle or the parking ramp is unavailable, free parking is available at the commuter lot located at the Iowa State Center. The fare-free CyRide Orange 23 Route picks up from the commuter lot and stops at the north entrance of the Memorial Union (estimated 12-15 minutes travel time).

Orientation parking is available in Lot 63, east of the Maple-Willow-Larch Residence Halls. When you arrive on campus, stop at the parking tent near the entrance of Lot 63 to receive your orientation parking pass.