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Welcome to Campustown! We’re so glad you’re here.

The Campustown Business District is located directly across from the Iowa State University Campus. This vibrant business district is home to unique flavors, diverse shops and a thriving nightlife. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite before the ISU game, looking for a place to finally have that coffee date, or shopping with friends – Campustown can help.

Campustown Ames offers more than 30 restaurants and bars for your eating and drinking pleasure. You can shop for apparel and gifts, stock up on snacks, or grab an extra gallon of milk. Services in the district include fuel, pharmacy, dental, barber, salon, legal and worship. And if you’re looking for housing in the district, we can definitely help you there.

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Whatever your reason for visiting, we hope you enjoy the time you spend in our district.

We love to see you enjoying all things Campustown. Be sure to tag us in your photos.

Still looking for something? You can view Parking Options or check out our Campustown Events.

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Parking in Campustown

Lot X, Lot Y, Lot T, Lot Z: 
$0.50/hour in metered spaces, 10-hour limit

On-street, metered parking is available throughout Campustown:
$0.75/hour in 2-hour zones and $1.00/hour in 1-hour zones.

Ames Intermodal Facility:
Located at 129 Hayward Avenue, the AIF has both reserved and public parking. Public stalls are located on level 1B and are $0.75 / hour. The facility uses a central kiosk (located on the lower level) for payments and accepts cash or credit card. When parking here, please note your stall number to enter payment at the kiosk.

Uber & Lyft Pick Up Area:
For your convenience an Uber / Lyft pick up area is located on the south side of Chamberlain, just west of the Welch Avenue intersection.

Reserved/Permit Parking:
Available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis. For more information on reserved parking through the City of Ames, please visit or view parking options at the Ames Intermodal Facility (AIF)


The City of Ames is excited to offer residents and guests the option to use Parkmobile. The Parkmobile app allows you to view available parking, choose your desired length of stay, and pay for parking, all from your mobile device. Having a great time? You can also extend your parking session to stay longer and enjoy all Campustown has to offer. Please note when using Parkmobile, the time will not show on the meter. Rest assured, it is visible to parking enforcement through the app.

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