Student Information

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Welcome to Ames!

Whether this is your first year in Ames or you're a returning Iowa State University student, the City of Ames has lots of information to share with you. The University plays a central role in our community. In addition to being geographically located in our city center, Iowa State students make up nearly half our population. While living in Ames as a student may be a different experience than a permanent resident, it's important to remember we are "One Community." 

As residents of Ames, we hope you take advantage of all the wonderful amenities our community has to offer. There are parks, natural areas, miles of shared-use trails, facilities, shopping areas, dining opportunities, and more. 

Please take a few minutes to look through our other pages for more information.

Housing Information

For those moving into rental units, here are helpful links to help make your relocation easier. 

Ames Animal Shelter and Animal Control

Ames Animal Shelter and Animal Control, 325 Billy Sunday Road, 515-239-5530. Animal Shelter hours: Monday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and holidays.

Parks and Recreation

  • Main office is located at the City Hall Community Center, 515 Clark Avenue, 515-239-5360
  • Second office at 1500 Gateway Hills Park Drive, 515-239-5350

The Parks and Recreation Department publishes two guides to programs and services.  For a copy of the most recent Parks and Recreation Guide, click here.

The facilities include the following:

  • 750 acres of parks/30 parks
  • Nine-hole golf course
  • 18-hole disc golf course
  • Indoor ice-skating rink
  • Furman Aquatic Center
  • Indoor swimming pool at Ames High School
  • Community Center with gymnasium, weight room and fitness room
  • 869-seat auditorium

Community amenities, including descriptions and maps can be found at the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau website.