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Anna Duggal
Anna Duggal
  • 2 Minute Read
  • 24th February 2014

Our Search Office Space 'Office Dictionary'

With most things in life, sometimes all you want are quick, simple and easy to understand instructions. Whether you’re changing a phone contract or buying a new car, the jargon can soon take your enthusiasm and turn it into apprehension, because you don’t know enough about the subject…

So, to help you understand what you need and the words you need to know to get it, here at SOS we’ve made you an Office Space Terminology Dictionary!



An office provider is a company who own the space they are advertising - they are your direct contact for anything you need in that office and be the contact you'd see every day, kind of like a landlord.



A broker (such as SOS) is a company who brings you a variety of different spaces for you to compare, kind of like an estate agent, but these aren’t owned by the company. As the broker is impartial, you can ask for help, advice and guidance as to what you’re looking for. To use a broker, there is no fee.


Serviced Offices

A serviced office is when the space is furnished ready for you to move in. This involves desks, computers and reception staff. These office spaces usually have a shorter lease, so are perfect for entrepreneurial companies, as, if they grow or shrink, they can change their office easily.


Managed Offices

A managed office involves a lease on a space, but usually offers less and varying inclusive options, such as furniture or staff.


Virtual Office

A virtual office is a support for businesses, without the physical office space. They can offer an address to which post can be sent and a receptionist to answer phone calls to your business, but without any of your staff actually working there. This helps businesses working from home look like they have more presence or just applies a professional front for your company whilst you do all of the hard work behind the scenes!


Commercial Property

A commercial property is the office shell, which you can decorate as appropriate for your team and business.


Turnkey Offices

A turnkey office is where the space is fully prepared with furniture, phones and internet for a tenant to turn the key and be able to begin working instantly.


Club Room

Club rooms are open workspaces, usually in key locations, which individuals or companies can use for informal meetings or to work in for a short time.


Hot desks

Hot desking is where a fully furnished and operational office space is used by different people at different times. It is usually people in the same company but no employee has an assigned desk.



Coworking is where employees can visit an office in which the desks are not assigned to specific people or companies. You just select a free desk for which you pay by hour or for a specific period.



A workstation is a working or office area which is only designed for one person.



The phrase 'IT' is often used in your lease contract and refers to the broadband connection service included in your office space.


Well, there's your breakdown of what's on offer in the officing world, as we all know it's easier to find your perfect workstation if you know what you're looking for!

If you have any more questions, why don't you give us a call on 0800 740 8080 or have a look at what popular spaces we have on offer by clicking here.