Truth be told, parking is the worst aspect of the Iowa State experience. There is nowhere for students to park, and there is only one parking ramp on campus, which is at the Memorial Union. Almost every lot on campus is reserved for faculty, and students sometimes have to park miles away from their dorms. First-year students, and some upperclassmen who live on campus, must park their cars in the stadium parking lots, which are pretty far from campus. You must have a sticker to park in the dorm lots, and DPS will ticket you if you are parked in the wrong lot. Parking is ridiculous here.
DPS is known for writing insane amounts of tickets. If you park illegally, they will find you—that's a sure thing. If you don't want this kind of hassle with your car, don't bring one, or apply to live in housing that has parking nearby, such as Towers or Frederiksen Court. If you need to get somewhere on campus quickly, take the bus or ride a bike. There are bike racks at every building, but there are no parking places.