City Centre Office vs Suburban Office

March 14th, 2019

When choosing a new office space, finding the perfect location is always top of the wish list. We’ve taken a look at the pros and cons of different locations to help you decide whether a city centre office or suburban office is the right choice for you.

Cost

One of the biggest differences between a city centre office and a suburban office is the cost. Space in the city centre – whether it’s residential, retail or business – comes at a huge premium. Depending on which city you’re looking at, you can expect to pay at least double for the same space in the city centre compared to a few miles out of town. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s definitely worth looking at suburban offices (either in the suburbs of the city itself, or in nearby towns) to keep costs down.

Amenities

Part of the reason city centre offices are so expensive is because of all the amenities they have nearby. There are plenty of coffee shops, lots of cafes to grab lunch in, restaurants to wine and dine clients, and easy access to other offices for meetings or events. Plus they’re close to shops if you need to pick something up on your lunch break, and it won’t take you long to dash out for an appointment. Suburban offices may have more limited amenities nearby, so you’ll need to make sure the office itself has everything you need – like adequate meeting room space and a fully functioning kitchen for staff to make their lunch. You may need to factor in things like travel time when booking in meetings.

Commuting

Transport links to the city centre are always excellent. You’ll be able to commute by bus, train or bike without any problems. Public transport will be frequent and (hopefully!) not too expensive. The only issue with commuting to a city centre office is that it’s often difficult and costly to get parked nearby. Many suburban offices, however, have dedicated car parks which make it easy for staff to drive to work. If you choose the location carefully, you may even be able to find a suburban office close to a bus route or train station.

Size

The size of offices can vary hugely, no matter what location they’re in. You’ll often find large offices for big companies in the city centre, but likewise spacious offices can also be found in the suburbs where there’s lots of room to expand. Single-person offices may be more difficult to come across in the city centre, but it could be worth looking into co-working spaces here – or seeking out a smaller office further out of town.


Offices at Eskmills

So, as you can see, there are pros and cons to both options. We like to think we’ve got the right balance here at Eskmills – the perfect mix between city centre and suburbs! We’re just a five minute walk from Musselburgh High Street, and less than 10 minutes by train to Edinburgh when you need the amenities of a city centre. We have offices of all sizes at very competitive prices, and a big car park to make it easy for you to get to work. As well as the nearby train station, there are also plenty of buses that go between Edinburgh and East Lothian.

Want to find out more about our offices? Just get in touch with Donald on 0131 285 5566 or donald.gillies@eskmills.com.