Visit Iowa State University Instantly with a "Real" Tour

Choosing whether or not an in-person visit to Iowa State University makes sense can be a risky decision…what if you step on campus and immediately detest the “vibe”? All that time, money and effort getting to campus was wasted. At first it may seem difficult to gain a meaningful understanding of Iowa State University without visiting the school in person. Iowa State University is located in Ames, IA , and if that’s nowhere near where you live, what options do you have? That’s why we created CampusReel – to allow you, and anyone reading this, to deeply and authentically experience the Iowa State University vibe, campus and community without visiting Iowa State University in person – a virtual tour of the Iowa State University campus! If definitely want to visit Iowa State University in person, you should, at the very least, watch the entire CampusReel for Iowa State University to ensure it seems like a good match and to get the most out of your in-person visit. After you’ve done your due diligence, you may find the below guidance helpful

When is the best time to visit Iowa State University?

Visiting Iowa State University depends on a number of factors, including the season, your schedule, and a lot of uncontrollable variables. We recommend you visit Iowa State University twice if you’re serious about enrolling – at least one visit should be when students are on campus and school is in session. Be sure to take note of the town of Ames as well. Remember that Ames is also catering to 29520 students, so think critically about whether the community would feel too big or too small for your personal liking.

Where do families stay when they visit Iowa State University?

The Iowa State University admissions office likely has a list of accommodations they recommend. In addition to that list, consult the CampusReel VR feature to explore hotels nearby in Ames. For your convenience, below is a list of hotels to consider and that you can also preview in CampusReel VR.

  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott Ames at Iowa State University
  • Baymont by Wyndham Ames at Iowa State University
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ames at Iowa State University
  • GrandStay® Hotel & Suites - Ames at Iowa State University
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Ames at Iowa State University
  • Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ames at Iowa State University
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ames at Iowa State University
  • Ames Motor Lodge Motel at Iowa State University
  • Quality Inn & Suites Starlite Village Conference Center at Iowa State University
  • Days Inn by Wyndham Ames at Iowa State University
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Ames, IA at Iowa State University
  • Iowa House-Ames at Iowa State University
  • AmericInn by Wyndham, Ames at Iowa State University
  • Super 8 by Wyndham Ames at Iowa State University
  • Hilton Garden Inn Ames at Iowa State University
  • Green Belt Bed & Breakfast at Iowa State University
  • Econo Lodge at Iowa State University
  • Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites at Iowa State University
  • Sleep Inn & Suites Ames at Iowa State University
  • Radisson Hotel Ames Conference Center At ISU at Iowa State University

What do families do in Ames when they visit Iowa State University?

It depends but there are a variety of activities and things to do in and around Ames. We recommend using the virtual immersion tab on CampusReel to take a tour at Iowa State University and see for yourself how the student make use of Ames.

What buildings should I look at when I visit Iowa State University?

For your convenience, below is a list of all buildings that you can visit from CampusReel. We encourage you to compare you experience of the buildings on CampusReel with your in-person visit if you decide to take one.