Hours of Operation:

    • 6:00 p.m. - 5:30 a.m. 365 days of the year


    Whether you are a student, faculty, staff or visitor at Iowa State, there may be times that you find yourself on campus late at night or in the early hours of the morning. If walking to your car or residence hall room leaves you feeling a little uneasy and apprehensive, call SafeRide. We will be glad to escort you to your destination.

    To obtain an escort, call (515)294-4444 and DPS personnel will assist you in getting to your campus destination. Escorts may be walking or by vehicle. You will be met by a student wearing a department uniform and/or picture ID.

    Services are only available to or from University or Greek properties. SafeRide reserves the right to refuse escorts to persons who behave improperly, are abusive to escort personnel or abuse the service.


    Safe travel on campus: There's an app for that


    SafeRide app on central campus

    App makes it is easy to call for a free ride on campus. Contributed photo.

    SafeRide ISU, is an Uber-like service, that offers free night rides

    Anyone concerned about walking on campus during evening and overnight hours (9:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) can summon a car via an app or a phone call.

    The service, offered by the department of public safety, is available throughout central campus and other university areas, including ISU-leased residence apartments, Greek parking lots and the basketball practice facility, said Assistant Chief of Police Aaron DeLashmutt. Anyone on campus, including visitors, can request a ride.

    Answering the SafeRide summons will be ISU students who work for the police as community service officers. These uniformed students will pick up riders in university vehicles. The vehicles will not be police cars.

    SafeRide ISU logo

    App user amenities

    Students, faculty and staff will be able to summon rides using their Net-IDs and the SafeRide ISU app. 

    Those requesting a ride through the app will receive on-screen notification of the pickup time, vehicle license plate number and a real-time map view that tracks vehicle progress to the pickup site.

    Visitors make a call

    Visitors and others who don't have the SafeRide ISU app can request a ride by calling a SafeRide dispatcher at (515)294-4444.

    A few rules

    The SafeRide program has a couple of rules:

    • A maximum of three riders can be transported at a time
    • Those who are intoxicated can't ride. "They should call a cab," Delashmutt said. "Better yet, they should plan ahead and have a designated driver."


    The SafeRide ISU program replaces the safety escort program, which provided some 6,000 assists to evening travelers last year.