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Maps & Directions

Drake University is in Des Moines, Iowa's capital and largest city. Conveniently located at the intersection of interstates 35 and 80, Des Moines is an easy drive from several major cities, including Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Omaha. The Des Moines International Airport, which is served by several major airlines, is only a 15-minute drive from campus. The Greyhound bus station is approximately five minutes from campus.

Driving Directions

May 30–Aug. 30: The main exit to Drake University, 31st Street, is getting a summer makeover and will be closed May 30 through Aug. 30. Follow the recommended driving directions to avoid the construction area.

From the East and North

At the northeast edge of Des Moines, I-80 and I-35 join and go west around the city while I-235 goes through Des Moines. Due to the closure of the 31st Street exit, take I-235 west for about six miles and follow the detour signs to Exit 7: MLK Jr Pkwy/19th St. Take the MLK Jr Pkwy/19th St. exit and keep left at the fork in the ramp. Turn right (north) onto 19th Street. Then take the second left onto University Avenue. Travel approximately one mile on University Avenue until you reach Drake’s campus.

From the West and South

At the southwest edge of Des Moines, I-80 and I-35 join and go east around the city while I-235 goes through Des Moines. Due to the closure of the 31st Street exit, there are two alternate routes available.

  1. Take I-235 east to the 42nd Street exit (one exit prior to the closed 31st Street exit). Exit at 42nd Street and turn left (north). Travel approximately one-half mile to University Avenue. At University Avenue, turn right and go approximately one mile until you reach Drake University. As you travel down 42nd Street and University Avenue, keep an eye out for local restaurants, the neighborhood grocery store, Greek Street, and housing options on the west side of campus.
  2. Take I-235 east, drive past the closed 31st Street exit, and continue to the MLK Jr Pkwy/19th St. exit. Exit at the MLK Jr Pkwy/19th St. exit and turn left (north) onto 19th Street. Follow the detour signs, which will direct you back toward campus. Take the second left onto University Avenue. Travel approximately one mile until you see Drake’s campus.

Parking Directions

Orientation and Bulldog Days of Summer: Reserved parking is located on the south side of the Olmsted Center lot. Cole Hall, Office of Admission, is located one block east of the parking lot.

Individual visit (Monday—Friday): Reserved parking is available in the admission lot (Lot 8) at the corner of 27th Street and University Avenue (south side of University). Cole Hall, Office of Admission, is located across the street (north side of University).

 

 

Road Closure on 31st Street

May 30–Aug. 30 the main exit to Drake University, 31st Street, is closed for construction.

Recommended driving routes.

Campus Maps

For complete parking regulations and vehicle registration information please visit Public Safety's Parking Information page.

For more information, call Drake toll-free, 1-800-44-DRAKE.