Location & Directions

Directions to Memorial Union

Iowa State University is located in Ames, Iowa. Interstate 35 runs north and south, just east of Ames, and US Highway 30 runs east and west, just south of campus.

Coming from Interstate 35

Merge onto US-30 W via Exit 111B toward Ames. Continue west on Highway 30 with the directions below…

Coming from Highway 30

Continue on Highway 30 until the University Blvd Exit. Take Exit 146 toward Iowa State University. Turn onto University Blvd.

  • To the Memorial Union Ramp
    • Continue to the 3rd set of stoplights.
    • Turn left onto Lincoln Way
    • Turn right onto Union Drive, and continue past the stop sign
    • Turn left into the Memorial Union Parking Ramp, just before passing the Memorial Union
  • To the Park & Ride Commuter Lot
    • Turn left onto South 4th St. which leads into the parking lot
    • The bus will come pick you up at the Park & Ride bus stop marked by a small building labeled CyRide

 Hotel Information

Best Western




Gateway Hotel





For a campus map, click here
For a CyRide map and schedule, click here



Memorial Union Parking Ramp Park & Ride Commuter Lot
For the entire day (maximum fee – 24hrs): $8

  • 30min: 75 cents
  • 1 hour: $1.50
  • 1 – 2 hours: $2.50
  • 2 – 3 hours: $3.50
  • 3 – 4 hours: $4.50
  • 4 – 5 hours: $5.25
  • 5 – 6 hours: $5.75
  • 6+ hours: 50 cents ea. additional hour

The Memorial Union Ramp uses automated pay stations so remember to take your parking ticket with you and pay before exiting the ramp.

It is free to park at the commuter lot by Hilton Coliseum. If you do this, you will need to take CyRide up to the Memorial Union. To do this, you will need to wait at the Park & Ride bus stop and take the Orange Route #23 to the stop located directly outside the Memorial Union. All CyRide drivers should be able to help signal when it’s your stop if you ask them upon entering the bus.