Directions to Campus

Easy on the eyes. Easy to find. 

 

 
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.

There are two entrances to 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.
  • North entrance – When traveling west on Lincoln Way, turn right on Lynn Avenue or Welch Avenue and continue to the first stop sign. At the stop sign, turn right onto Union Drive. At the next stop sign, continue on Union Drive by turning right. Continue past the front entrance of the Memorial Union and turn right (south) onto the parking ramp's north entrance.

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), Iowa State University will appear on your right. Continue driving west on Lincoln Way. At the first stoplight, turn right (north) onto Beach Road.

Complimentary parking is available at Lot 63 near Maple-Willow-Larch residence halls. You will see Parking Lot 63 on your right and orientation staff who will provide you with parking information.