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 A3, A4, B4, B5, B6
    • 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

Ames Intermodal Facility

  • 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 (Currently SOLD OUT)
    • Uncovered parking spaces
    • Covered parking spaces
  • Enforced 24/7

Iowa State University

Parking Portal

The Parking Portal is our new online parking management system. At this time, we are allowing Staff and Students to login with their ISU NetID and password to add current vehicle information. Anyone with a NetID should already have an account activated with their name and address, generated from Workday and AccessPlus. 

If your name or address is not correct, students can request a change for this information in AccessPlus and Faculty/Staff can request a change in Workday. The information in the parking portal is imported from those sources.  

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

Student Summer Permits Renewals are available now through the Parking Portal

Staff Renewals are available now.

Fall 2023 Student Permits begin in July. Click here for dates




News & Updates


June 2023

  • June 12- Summer session II begins

July 2023

August 2023

  • Aug 1- Commuter permits on sale to non-residence hall students at 9:00 am.
  • Aug 1- Greek Community and Off Campus permits for Stadium or Lot 61 Towers on sale if available.
  • Aug 4- Summer Semester ends

2023-2024 Parking Permit Prices

List of current parking 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 will need to visit the Parking Office to purchase their permit over the counter if they haven't already purchased a permit online. 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.  

Student Permits

Student Permits Summer 2023 

Permits are virtual, but physical permit will be sent later. You will be allowed to park in your lot without the physical permit.

Commuter Lots 29, 68, 93/94 Vet Med and 119- Available to purchase online now through the ISU Parking Portal

Residence Hall lots 62, 112 and 201/202- Available to purchase online now through the ISU Parking Portal


Student Permit Renewal 2023-2024

Students with a signed campus housing contract can begin to renew their permits starting in July 2023. Permits will first be available to returning students, then Freshman and transfer students on the selected dates


Commuter Permits

Graduate Students can begin to purchase commuter permits July 19, 2023. Permits will first be available to Graduate Students and all other students can purchase permits starting August 1, 2023.


Ames Intermodal Facility 

Permits for Ames Intermodal Facility are on sale (credit card only) starting July 12, 2023 at 9:00 am through the Ames Intermodal Facility website. Covered and uncovered spaces are available for purchase. Permits are valid August 1- July 31. 

Effective October 1, 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.