Event Types Welcomed

Corporate Social Events
Family Reunions
Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
Youth Retreat/Camps


Iowa State University…BRING YOUR EVENT and leave your stress at home!

Centrally located in the heartland of Ames, Iowa, Iowa State University boasts one of the world’s most beautiful campuses and one-of-a kind indoor and outdoor venues for any corporate or social event under the sun. The easy to navigate, completely walkable campus offers the safety of a small town with the amenities of a big city and has venues that can accommodate groups of up to 10,000 people. 1,4000 rooms are available year-round, with 6,500 resident hall rooms available for summer events and many auditoriums and meeting spaces that are ideal for corporate events and meetings.

For those planning larger scale events, Iowa State University has a plethora of spaces that can fit larger capacities. Fisher Theater, for example, is a 451-seat theater that is great for performances is an intimate setting. Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center has seating available for 835 and contains both a large atrium with a capacity of 550 individuals, four meeting rooms, and a board room. The 33,000 square foot arena is a wonderful setting for political rallies, agricultural events, or large social events such as concerts. Hilton Coliseum, with 14,5000 flexible seats for guests and 30,000 square feet of space, is a great setting for conventions, meetings, and exhibits.

The ISU Alumni Center is perfect for higher end meetings as it boasts 34,500 square feet of space and contains two ballrooms, meeting space, and reception areas for guests. ISU Memorial Union similarly has a plethora of event space onsite. The venue contains 22 meeting rooms and has luxurious ballrooms onsite that accommodate up to 650 guests. ISU Memorial Union also features catering and banquet services in-house that is provided by culinary professionals with a vested interest in providing top-quality service. Planning outdoor events is simple at Iowa State University, as Reiman Gardens offers guests a beautiful, green space that is ideal for weddings, social events, and corporate retreats. The venue is the largest public garden in Iowa, contains a 14-acre complex and offers affordable pricing for events of any size.

Food & Beverage Options

Seasons & Union Drive Marketplace

Never worry about dining preferences again! For those staying on campus on a meal plan, the options are unlimited. With fresh food and menus that change daily, we have just what you are hungry for! 

Campus Cafés

For those without a meal plan or not attending a catered event - no need to leave campus! With all of our bakery items, sandwiches, salads and wraps made fresh every day, and over 18 places to try-you are never far from a good nosh! 

Catering Options

In House Catering

Selecting a caterer couldnt be easier!  Several of our conference sites feature in house caterers, so your culinary team is just steps away.  They offer diverse menus from tailgates to formal dinners, and are happy to tailor your menu to meet your needs!

Choose your Own Caterer:

 With a long list of approved caterers available to you, a variety of our venues offer the flexibility to choose one that fits your needs and budget.  Tell us what you are looking for-barbeque, asian-fusion, tex-mex, or sandwiches to go!


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 10000
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 10000
Overnight Room Attributes
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Residence Hall: Traditional

Traditional residence halls are typically double-occupancy rooms featuring beds, dresser, and desks, and communal bath facilities, offering both air conditioned and non-air conditioned options.
5000 Beds

This accommodation has A/C

Residence Hall: Suite Style

This option offers suite-style living where single or double occupancy rooms are connected by a common bathroom. Study spacies, laundry on each floor and a welcoming common area on the main floor provide plenty of places for guests to connect and visit.
1000 Beds

This accommodation has A/C


Ames has a great selection of hotels, including your favorite brands. 1,600 guest rooms are available within a five minute drive from conference and event facilities. With a range of hotel amenities, there is something to fit any budget. We will partner with the Ames Convention and Visitors’ Bureau to get you the right mix for your event!
1600 Rooms

This accommodation has A/C

Featured Amenities

Accessible Facilities
Air Conditioning
Fitness Center
Near Public Transit
Overnight Rooms
Paid Parking
Running Trails
Theater Seating

Venue Location + Transportation


Conference Planning & Management,

1601 Golden Aspen Dr. #110,

Ames Ames, 50010



Nearby Airport

Des Moines - 35 minutes

Nearby International Airport

Des Moines International Airport - 35 minutes


Parking on Site: Yes

Nearby Cities

Des Moines – 35 | Omaha -164 | Minneapolis – 216 | Kansas City – 228 | Chicago – 358

Things to Know


External Catering Allowed: Yes

Cultural Catering Available: Yes

Venue Policies

Alcohol Consumption: Yes

Smoking Permitted: No

ADA Accessible: Yes


Iowa State University in Ames is a wireless campus with easy access computer labs; two-way videoconferencing capability; regular & wireless Internet access. Onsite A/V and technical expertise for all services and facilities. We can offer additional assistance with online registration, website development and e-business tools. Ranked as one of the “most wired” campuses in the U.S.

Guest Wi-Fi: Free

Onsite Tech Support: Yes

Equipment Available On-Site:
  • Projector Screen