A guide to office space in La Défense
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Named after the La Défense de Paris statue that commemorates the Parisian resistance in the Franco-Prussian War, and now home to Europe’s largest purpose-built business district, La Défense accommodates many of the top companies in the world.

The location

Situated at the westernmost limits of the 10km-long Historical Axis of Paris, La Défense covers an area of approximately 400 acres, divided into 12 different sectors.  Primarily a business district, the area only has a small population of approximately 25,000 residents and 45,000 students, with the vast majority of the 180,000+ daily workers commuting in from surrounding areas.

Neighbouring areas - price comparisons, per person per month

Below are the prices of serviced offices given on a per person per month basis in the city, and are based on a minimum to maximum average, derived from our Sales Team's knowledge.
Area Indicative price range
La Défense  €500 – 800 
Central Paris €600 – 1500
Neuilly-sur-Seine €500 – 800
Boulogne-Billancourt €500 – 800

La Defense Arch

Looking for an office in La Défense

With plans in place to increase the district’s appeal to investors over the next 10 years, La Défense is set to become an even more attractive place for businesses. There has been a shift away from the objective to create new buildings and space, which has been replaced by an emphasis on improvements to current office space and renovations of the urban environment.


For companies looking for office space in and around Paris, La Défense is a great cost-effective option. While comparative spaces in the city centre can reach up to €1000 per person per month, the prices in La Défense are more likely to be in the bracket of €500 – 800 per person per month for serviced office space. It is always important to remember that serviced offices usually cover a variety of amenities such as meeting rooms, parking, business support services and Internet, and as such can offer great value for money when compared to traditional leases.

Office sizes

Instant Offices are able to accommodate most enquiries, from one person through to 100 or more depending on the specifics so whether you are an entrepreneur looking for coworking space, a small business or start-up looking for a small private office, or a major company in need of larger spaces, we’ll have an option to suit your needs. 

Why choose La Défense?

While the majority of tourists that visit Paris each year tend to focus their excursions on Tour Eiffel, the Louvre and Notre Dame, if they travelled a little further west, outside of the centre of the city they would find an area that is sometimes described as ‘the world’s museum of modern architecture. Not only does the area have quick links to central Paris, it is also considerably cheaper to rent office space here making it the ideal option.  

Five things you probably didn’t know about La Défense:
  • Home to approximately 38m sq.ft. of office space
  • Tour First (standing at 231m) is the tallest building in La Défense
  • The Grande Arche de la Défense is double the size of the Arc de Triomphe and the Notre-Dame Cathedral could through it
  • In 2014, La Défense office take-up rose 123% to 230,000m²; its best performance since 2008
  • There are 2,600 hotel rooms in La Défense
La Defense Skyscrapers

A closer look at La Défense

Since its inception in 1958, La Défense has grown to the point that it is now Europe’s largest purpose-built business district. The majority of France’s largest companies have their headquarters based here including Société Générale, oil and gas giant, Total, and the world’s largest nuclear company, Areva. In addition to major domestic companies some of the biggest global names are also based here and include HSBC, American Express and Oracle Corporation.

Due to some 400,000m² of new and restructured buildings being opened in 2014 the current vacancy rate is around 12-13%. This is expected to drop significantly over the next couple of years due to the focus being on regenerating existing space rather than developing new buildings. 

The very reason why La Défense was established appears to now be slightly holding back the area. Its traditional status as business hub needs to be transformed into more of social hub for people to live, work and learn in a similar fashion to New York, Tokyo and London. Plans to build at least 400 homes per year in the area along with the renovation of around 150,000m² of office space every year aim to make sure that La Défense remains one of the most important centres for business in the world.

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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