A guide to office space in Brussels

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and also of the European Union.

It's a major hub for international politics, hosting organisations like the EU, the headquarters of NATO and the Benelux General Secretariat.

The strong Brussels economy is largely service orientated, as the city is populated by the regional or global headquarters of many multinational corporations, as well as government institutions and administrative services.

This makes Brussels a major decision-making centre and seat of power; as a result, many federations, consultancies, NGOs, press associations and lobbyists have established themselves here.

The location

Brussels is made up of 19 municipalities, and is the largest urban area in Belgium. 

It's served by two airports, three main train stations – which include links to Paris, London and Amsterdam – and an extensive tram, metro and bus network. 

Brussels is situated north of the boundary dividing Belgium’s Dutch-speaking North from the French-speaking South.

Neighbouring areas - price comparisons, per person per month

The prices given below are the minimum to maximum average cost for serviced offices, per person per month, derived from our Sales Team's knowledge.
Area Indicative price range
Brussels €500 – 800
Diegem €300 – 500
Etterbeek €300 – 500
Saint-Gilles €400 – 500


Brussels

Looking for an office in Brussels

Location is key in Brussels, as there are traffic jams; businesses will want to be close to public transport, local amenities and any clients or partners.

The serviced office market continues to develop as new providers enter the market, and coworking spaces are popular. 

Many areas – Schuman in the European Quarter or Avenue Louise — are increasingly populated, which will lead to more development on the outskirts.

Serviced offices offer businesses flexibility along with attractive prices. 

According to Instant’s specialist local consultant, Weweck Kakker, one of the best areas to find office space is the European Quarter, as it's buzzing with opportunities, and close to potential clients and partners.

Costs

Brussels is one of the few places in mainland Europe where coworking is more popular than serviced offices, starting at around €300 per month. 

For serviced offices, prices start at around €700 for a private office, and around €500 per workstation.

Prices will vary according to location and requirements. 

Costs are inclusive of amenities, which can cover Internet, meeting rooms, IT and administrative support, lounges and kitchens, car parking, videoconferencing and AV equipment, among others.

Office sizes

The requests are varied – as well as the co-working spaces, we also receive many requests for private offices.

Instant offer a great variety of flexible office solutions across a large range of sizes, and are able to accommodate most enquiries, from one person through to 100 or more, depending on the specifics. 

Serviced office providers can be flexible with the layout of the workspace, and are happy to discuss partitioning to fit a particular requirement.


Why choose Brussels?

As the capital of the European Union, Brussels is a great location in which to develop cross-country trade or trade with European institutions. 

With a vast network of public transport, a strong economy, numerous tertiary institutions for graduate recruitment and a strong presence of multinational corporations and government institutions, Brussels has everything for businesses looking to establish themselves in mainland Europe.


Five things you probably didn’t know about Brussels: 

  • About 27% of the residents in Brussels are not Belgian citizens
  • Brussels is home to 40,000 EU employees and 4,000 NATO employees
  • Education is compulsory for all children up to the age of 18 in Belgium
  • The highest rate of labour taxes in the European Union can be found in Brussels
  • Brussels has 138 restaurants per square mile
Saint Josse ten Noode, Brussels

A closer look at Brussels

These are the most popular areas in which to rent office space:

European Quarter

  • The European Quarter, as the name suggests, is home to many of the institutions of the EU, including the European Commission in the iconic Berlaymont building, the Council of the EU in the Justus Lipsius building, and the European Parliament in the Espace Léopold complex
  • The area is contained within an approximate triangle between Brussels Park, Cinquantenaire Park and Leopold Park
  • It's a popular area for multinational companies and foreign investors – major companies include BP, Shell, Daimler, Unilever, Bank of New York Mellon and Deutsche Bank
  • There are also numerous art galleries, restaurants, cultural attractions, landmarks and shops in this quarter
  • The area is well served by metro, bus, tram and train connections

Avenue Louise

  • Avenue Louise is one of the most prestigious and expensive streets in Brussels, dubbed the Belgian Champs Elysées
  • Many international corporations, embassies and luxury retail businesses are established here, including DLA Piper, Clifford Chance, Bain & Company, Generali Belgium and Altavia Belgium
  • There are trams and metro stations along the Avenue, and it is a 20-minute drive away from the main airport
  • A number of landmarks can be found in Avenue Louise, including the Louise Tower, the King’s Garden, Stéphanie Square, Louise Square and the entrance to the Abbey of La Cambre

*Last updated on 1 June 2015

Want to find out more?

If you’re looking to move into the area, or simply require more information, contact Instant Offices' specialist local consultants.

Email our team or call us and we'll be delighted to help you.


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