Ames Intermodal Facility SOLD OUT

  • Visitor parking in Pay by Stall area on the middle level
    • Pay stations are on the bottom floor
    • ParkMobile, Credit Card and cash
  • Purchase a Permit 
    • Uncovered parking spaces
    • Covered parking spaces
  • Enforced 24/7

Click Here to Login to the ISU Parking Portal

Click here for detailed instructions on how to purchase your permit and add vehicle information



Student permit and parking information

  • Residence Halls
    • Maple, Willow, Larch
    • Richardson Court Area (Oak, Elm, Freeman, Barton, Birch, Welch, Roberts, Lyon, Linden)
    • Buchanan, Geoffroy
    • Union Drive Area (Friley, Helser, Martin, Eaton)
    • Wallace, Wilson
    • Frederiksen Court
    • SUV (Schilletter and University Village)
  • Commuter Parking 
    • Lots 29, 68 and 119
    • Vet Med Lots 93, 94, 94A, 94B
  • Iowa State Center Lots
    • Free daily parking in lots (B3, C3, C4, C5, D3, D4, D5)
    • No overnight parking allowed
    • Access to free Cyride #23 campus route
  • Motorcycle Parking
    • Permits are required in Residence Hall lots all hours all days
    • Must have a permit and park in designated areas on campus
  • Medical Parking
    • An ISU permit is required to park in residence hall lots and anywhere on ISU campus
    • Must have a DOT Medical permit

Departmental permits for ISU Department use

Click here for more information

Cyclone Tailgating and Weekend Parking

The Parking Portal is our new online parking management system. Anyone with a NetID should already have an account activated with their name and address, generated from Workday and AccessPlus.


If you experience any issues logging in, please contact ISU parking at 515-294-3388 or email

March 2024

  • March 11-15 Spring Break: No classes, Parking office will be open


News & Updates


2023-2024 Parking Permit Prices

List of current parking permit prices. 

Daily Passes for Faculty/Staff

Virtual daily General Staff parking passes are now available through the ISU Parking Portal for ISU Faculty and Staff who don't have a yearly permit. The passes are $2/day and you can pay with credit card or payroll deduction. The physical daily scratch permits are still available at the Parking Office for those who would like to continue using those. 

Commuter permits available

Due to recent weather related closings we have postponed the sale date for open spaces, to ensure we have enough time to get an accurate count. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We will open up any available spaces online for commuter lots, Tuesday January 30, 2024 at 9 am.  Please login to the ISU Parking Portal to see what is available to you. If you would like to exchange a permit, please call at 515-294-3388 or email the parking office at Click here to view prorated permit prices.

Ames Intermodal Facility (AIF)

Due to recent weather related closings we have postponed the sale date for open spaces, to ensure we have enough time to get an accurate count. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We will sell any available spaces, covered and uncovered, Tuesday January 30, 2024 at 7:30am. Permits will be sold over the counter at Room 27 Armory Building first come, first served. These permits cannot be purchased with UBILL. Click here to view prorated permit prices.

Parking on ISU Campus

All vehicles are required to pay for meter or have permits to park on campus and in residence hall lots. Students can purchase a permit online through the ISU Parking Portal. Those who decide not to purchase a permit have to option to pay for space in a pay lot or metered space. Students can also park at the Iowa State Center Lots and ride the CyRide bus for free. For more information about where to park and how to pay for meters, click here.  

Parking Meters Rate Change

Effective July 1, 2023

Meters and pay areas will increase to $1.50 per hour beginning July 1, 2023. For more information about Meters and other pay areas on campus click here

Ticket Price Change

Effective August 1, 2023

Failing to pay at a meter, pay lot, or any other infraction worth $15, will be increasing to $20 per citation. Improperly Parking, defined here, will be increasing from $25 to $30. Find the full list of fines here


Vehicle/License Plate Change

Effective July 1, 2023

If a vehicle was added or a license plate was changed after the initial purchase of the virtual permit, the permit holder will need to update their Parking Portal accordingly and then call the ISU Parking Division at (515)-294-3388 in order to link the new vehicle / license plate to the account. 


A license plate is required to purchase a permit

In order to purchase a parking permit, you must provide a current and valid license plate number for the vehicle that will be displaying the permit. This information will help the parking division serve you better and prevent you from receiving parking tickets if your permit isn't being displayed correctly.