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2 College Freshman

Parking: There are only certain places to park on campus and spots on campus fill quickly, also if you don't park in the right place at the right time you will more likely than not be fined

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2 College Freshman

Parking: I did not bring my car to school, but for people I know who do have their car, the cost is outrageous. Also, it depends on where you get to park that makes a big difference. There is parking that can be right outside your dorm, or by the stadium, which you would have to take a bus to. On the bright side though, during the weekends, you can park nearly anywhere without having to worry about paying, which does make it a little harder to find parking.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are few places to park actually around campus during the day. At night, parking is less limited, but it is hard to find a spot. Tickets are also given frequently and can really add up quickly.

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3 College Junior

Parking: There is not enough on campus parking for the amount of students that attend ISU each semester.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking permit cost are very high especially for stadium parking. they write a lot of tickets. the only reason you would need a car on campus is to drive back home during breaks or for a family emergency


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Anyone taking classes at ISU is allowed to park.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$121 for the year (in residence halls)
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $10
  • Parking without an appropriate permit in reserved lot or space: $25
  • Handicapped zone: $200
Best Places to Find a Spot
Honestly, unless you live in Frederiksen Court or out at Towers, there are no good places to park. Many students have to walk a mile to get to the parking lots (Stadium Lot). Upperclassmen in Maple, Willow, or Larch may be able to park near their dorms.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Almost anywhere on campus. Parking is terrible at ISU!
Getting a Parking Permit
All students purchasing a parking permit must sign a contract. After students order their permits through AccessPlus, these permits are then sent to students at their University addresses before the start of classes, and are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parking Services
Department of Public Safety
Parking Division
27 Armory Building
(515) 294-3388

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 197 responses

  • 11% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 23% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 37% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 190 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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