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


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

Ames Intermodal Facility 

Visitor parking in Pay by Stall area on level B1

  • Pay stations are on the bottom floor
  • ParkMobile, Credit Card and cash
  • Purchase a Permit 
    • Uncovered parking spaces
    • Covered parking spaces
  • Enforced 24/7


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

July 2024

August 2024

  • August 5: Graduate Students: Commuter lots permits will go on sale for Graduate students at 9:00 am CST August 5 through the ISU Parking Portal for Academic year 2024-2025.
  • August 5: Vet Med Students: Vet Med Lot 93/94 permits will go on sale for Vet Med students at 9:00 am CST August 5 through the ISU Parking Portal for Academic year 2024-2025.
  • August 12: Commuter Permits: Commuter permits will go on sale for all off campus students at 9:00 am CST August 5 through the ISU Parking Portal for Academic year 2024-2025.
  • August 26: Academic year 2024-2025 classes begin. 



News & Updates


Parking Permit Prices

List of current parking permit prices. 

AIF Uncovered spaces are currently SOLD OUT.

Parking enforcement will do open stall counts the first week of classes to determine if we are able to sell any more spaces. Any available spaces will go on sale September 5, 2024 at 9:00 am CST through the AIF website on a first come first served basis. 

Student Permits for Fall 2024-2025

All vehicles are required to have permits to park on campus and in residence hall lots. Permits will be on sale beginning in July 2024 according to your housing assignment. Specific dates are listed here. Permits are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Student Permits for Summer 2024

Student permits for Summer Session (ending August 4) are available for purchase over the phone at 515-294-3388 or over the parking division front counter. This includes all commuter lots 29, 68, 93, 119 and Residence Hall lot 61. There will be no parking allowed in lots 59A, lot 62 or lot 63 as those are being held for events and conferences. 

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. 

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.  

Vehicle/License Plate Change

If your vehicle information or license plate has changed after the initial purchase of the virtual permit, the permit holder will need to fill out the Update Vehicle Form to notify the parking office of this change. You can only add new vehicles to your permit at the time of purchase.


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.