Many students at Centenary have their own car. It's not absolutely essential, but it makes getting around a whole lot easier. Because the campus is so small, it's hard to find everything you need without making a few trips a month to Walmart or Target. While other students will offer rides, working around their schedule can become tiresome. So, if you can, bring a car. In the long run, it's easier and not too much trouble in terms of parking. Any student can have a car, and the school offers parking permits for $25 a year. The permit does not guarantee you a spot, but gives you permission to park in a certain lot, usually one nearest to your dorm. Most students don't have any problems finding spots, though the lots in front of James and directly next to Cline tend to fill up fast. Upperclassmen are given permits first when it comes to these lots. If you do get a permit, make sure to park in your lot.
Students that live off campus may have a harder time finding a place to park. The lot in front of the library is open to anyone, but fills up fast during the school year. It's a good idea to get on campus early if you commute. Parking in the rest of Shreveport is generally really easy. All the department and grocery stores have huge parking lots. Downtown is a bit more troublesome, but if you don't mind walking a few blocks, it's not that bad. Because Centenary and Shreveport in general are so small, parking is rarely an issue. Big city parking and traffic issues don't dominate your life in Shreveport.