Renting an Office Space

By Lucy Crossfield | Editor | Published: 26 July 2018

We’ll walk you through the different types of offices available, and which option will work best for you.

Whether you need an office next year or next week, panic not! There’s plenty of room for everyone, and there are some amazing short and long term options out there.

Let’s take a look.

What types of office spaces can I rent?

When it comes to finding the perfect office space for you, there are a number of options to choose from:

Coworking/ flexible working spaces

Working from home is great in theory, but after a while it can become distracting and uninspiring. If you’re a freelancer or a one-man startup, it’s well worth considering a desk in a coworking space. Not only will this give you added business credibility, but you’ll also be able to bounce ideas off the like-minded individuals around you.

Virtual office spaces

Always on the move, but need an established business address for post, calls and meetings? A virtual office space could be right up your street. You’ll get access to meeting rooms, as well as having your post collected and your calls professionally answered. Some deals also include hotdesking opportunities in offices across the globe.

Serviced office space

Serviced office spaces are great for multi-person businesses looking for an all-inclusive, flexible office space. You can typically rent a serviced office space for as little as one month, and they come with everything you need to get to work straight away. It’s also easy to expand or reduce your space at relatively short notice if your needs change.

Managed office spaces

Managed office spaces are typically a more long-term solution for established businesses. Managed workspace providers will work with you to create a unique space that will work for you. It’s a place you can really settle in to as a business.

Office space in Kentish Town

With a managed office, you're entering into a longer contract – but you'll have a space that feels really ‘yours'

Which kind of office space will suit me best?

The best office space for you will depend on your situation and preferences. Here’s a rough guide to what you’ll be best suited to:


Coworking is your best bet as a freelancer. You’ll have access to all the facilities you need, plus you’ll get to hang out in a trendy office with lots of like-minded individuals. If you like a routine, and have lots of stuff, opt for a fixed desk. If you travel light, think about saving some cash with a ‘hotdesking’ option.


Are you a one-man band? As with freelancers, a coworking space is your best bet. Good coworking spaces will have an office manager who’ll take the time to introduce you to valuable contacts in the space. Some even have incubator and accelerator programmes. You’d struggle to find a more inspiring setup when you’re first starting out.

Coworking spaces can still work well when you have a couple of employees. Just be sure to go for a ‘fixed desk’ option so you can claim a corner of space as your own. As you grow, you might want to consider moving into a serviced office space. This means you can get a little more privacy and stability, whilst still keeping the flexibility to expand or up and leave if it isn’t working for you.

Bigger businesses

For bigger businesses that are planning to get even bigger, a serviced office still has its advantages. One fixed monthly fee, and the freedom to expand as you need are both appealing benefits.

When you reach a certain point – be that a number of employees, or a feeling of ‘business stability’ – you’ll want to upgrade to a managed office. This space will be completely yours, and tailored accordingly. It will often work out cheaper than renting a serviced office space, although you’ll have to commit to a longer contract.

How much does renting office space in the UK cost?

How much your office space will cost depends on how central it is, which city it’s in, and the type of space. It’s hard to compare the prices of bespoke offices, but a coworking space in the UK will typically cost between around £100 and £500 per person per month.

When looking for an office space, your best bet is to get a tailored quote for your own needs. Let us help you with that! Simply fill in this short form with a few details, then sit back and watch your options roll in.

How can I find the best space for me?

With so many cool office spaces available, it’s hard to know where to begin in finding your own.

You could trawl endlessly through commercial rental websites, or you can request quotes for spaces matching your specific criteria, and let the options come to you.

Simply fill in this form with a few details to see the opportunities in your area.

Lucy Crossfield Editor

Lucy heads up the team on Expert Market, helping to deliver industry-leading expertise on business topics for nearly four years.

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