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In Short

So, you want to put your school or workplace campus in all its glory on Google Maps? Google Map Maker gives you the opportunity to beautifully portray your campus on the map. In this article, we’ll walk you through all that you need to know to map your campus.

Valparaiso University,  Indiana, United States


Getting started

You can start browsing Map Maker by going to mapmaker.google.com. You can search for places you know, find roads, use the "Browse" button, etc. So sign up now!

Gear up and start mapping

Start by finding your campus; or campus town, using the search options in Map Maker.    

search, browse and navigate functions

If your campus hasn’t been mapped...

It’s time to roll up your sleeves!

Zoom in to the level that will allow you to work most comfortably on your features and map away.

Use Satellite view to see satellite imagery of your campus - the buildings, trees, roads, paths and so on - details that can help you map accurately. Switch between Satellite and Map views to figure out what areas of your campus are missing from the map.

Basics of Campus Mapping with Map Maker

You can map various places in your campus as points, lines and shapes - three simple tools that form the crux of mapping on Map Maker. You can find icons for them in the “Add” rectangle on top of the map.

Use polygons to draw a football field, playgrounds, various departmental areas, buildings, parks, parking lots, etc.

Adding a Building on the campus

To draw a building, for example,  

click around the edge of the building per the footprint of the building on the ground (rather than the outline of the roof). The roof may be used to make the shape of the building but it then must be moved to match the footprint.

Drop points for places such as the library, dining hall, and other favorite places where you gather/gathered with your friends and classmates.

The pathways, roads and other linear features that keep the place connected, can be drawn using the linear tool. 

On the other hand, if your campus is marked on the map:

This probably means your friends (including Google) got to your campus before you could. You can still enhance existing places by updating them with current information and add greater detail. You can help by:

In-product help for attributes in the left hand editing panel

Do this by searching for the places of your interest in your campus and click ‘edit’ on the info window. Add / update the details in the left panel and hit save.

Like all things that people use continuously, your campus also probably changed with time. People might have cut new paths or a new building might have come up, or a building name or a phone number might have changed. You can ensure that Google maps, which many people use for locating places, navigating and planning, are up to date with the latest information about your campus. With easy and convenient paths/shorts cuts, maps can generate better walking and biking directions as well.

How will my changes get to Google Maps?

Once you create or edit a place, it will be reviewed by others before it is published on Google Maps. This allows you to get feedback and improve the quality of your edits over time. (Reviewing of course also often helps to prevent bad edits from making it onto maps.) Once reviewed and approved, the edits are published on Google Maps within a few minutes.

Tips and Tricks

Following these tips and tricks can help your edit get reviewed quickly and approved for publication on Google Maps:

    • Draw polygons for buildings as per the footprint of the building on the ground rather than the shape of the roof. Extend all boundaries till the middle of road for aesthetic and consistent display of polygons on the map. Find out more
    • If the exact category for your feature is not available, choose the closest one and add the custom category in the additional category field that will appear on the left hand pane while you are editing a feature.
    • Always capitalize the first letter of each word of the Name you give a feature. That’s the standard for visual consistency when the name is displayed on the Maps.

Next Steps

Become a Reviewer and keep track of your campus map:

Apply your local insight and review changes made by other mappers to ensure the quality of the edits that flow into Google Maps.You can stay updated on the changes in and around your campus using Subscriptions. This way the changes made by others will be notified to you by an email. You can also find out more about the process of reviewing edits and the guidelines for that.

Do better! create your community

Have you mapped to your heart’s content? Do you want to involve more of your friends in the effort? Getting together with your friends is a great way to finish your map, and have some fun along the way. Learn more.

A reasonably sized university campus that houses a 500 people community and has a bunch of facilities usually consists of a 120 features - 50-60 lines or line segments, 20 or so shapes, and 50 or so points of interest. If you want map a campus from scratch, it’s probably better to get a few people together to edit as well as review your edits.

Share your mapping effort!

Take time to brag about your hard work! Send a link to your campus to your friends and become a campus star. Find out how.  Also, share your ideas and interests with other mappers and find out more about mapping by visiting the Map Maker Forum where you can read through the existing conversations or start a new one!

After adding/editing places on your campus , you’ll have an option to share your contributions via your Google Plus account or you can post the link to your other social media accounts.


  If you come across something you would like to see changed in Map Maker user interface, please feel free to report these  using the   Submit Feedback by click on the black gear symbol in the top right of your screen.

  There is also the Map Maker Issue Tracker, please look at the existing issues before creating a new one.