Way of Life

Number of Developments

5

Ratings

4.60 Rating

Rating (based on 350 reviews)

Excellent

72.00%

Very Good

22.86%

Average

4.00%

Disappointing

0.57%

Very Poor

0.57%

Way of Life lays the foundations for renters to make a home. With ready-to-move-in, accommodation, no-fuss tenancy management and an in-house team there when you need them.

Way of Life see your home “as an extension of yourself. Where you rest, play, work and create relationships. But also where you find a sense of belonging. Not just getting to know the places and faces on your doorstep, but becoming part of that community too.”

Way of Life developments

The Lansdowne, The Wullcomb, Vida House, 5 Bedford Park, The Kell and The Gessner are all Way of Life developments currently listed on HomeViews. All are Build to Rent developments. This means that residents have access to a wide range of facilities and amenities on site. These may include a residents’ gym, a rooftop terrace, cycle storage, a concierge and security service, a cleaning service, a residents’ lounge, as well as on-site car parking. Apartments are available furnished or unfurnished.

Until November 2020, The Skyline 2 in Manchester was also part of the Way of Life portfolio, but has been subsequently sold on.

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Great experience for a first time tenant

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Review Date Oct 2019

Overall I am very happy with the experience The Lansdowne has provided in the first 6 weeks of us living in the property. The only issues holding it back from being 5 stars is the issues around us moving in to the property advertised as brand new when it in-fact wasn’t. This was more disappointing than anything as we would have been happy to go into apartment 208 (which was offered) knowing it was new. Instead we moved into an apartment that wasn’t cleaned to a high standard, had soap and hair residing in the bath/shower area and had a few marks such as damage to one of a cupboards which was documented on our moving day. The previous tenant still has not stopped her post being sent to our address either so we are still receiving post which we have to hand over to building management to deal with.
Other than that building management has been extremely helpful and has made themselves available at any request and me & my partner look forward to the rest of the tenancy watching the community build up. The communal areas are a great place to have family and friends and the onsite gym is very well maintained.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

This is a prime location for anyone who works in the city. There are plenty of shopping locations as well as restaurants and bars in the surrounding area. There are travel links near-by which makes getting around the city/ in and out of the city very easy. Me and my partner also work very close by which allows for a very convenient work/social life balance.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Certain free to use facilities we were told about are not currently in use (such as the ice machine). We believe this is due to a small portion of the property currently being occupied but it was a slight disappointment to see it out of use during the summer.

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
5
Management
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Enjoying life at The Wullcomb, Leicester

The Wullcomb studio apartments are tastefully decorated in a minimalist white colour with pleasing wood-effect flooring and kitchen surfaces. The apartment comes well equipped with plentiful storage space in the kitchen and in-built wardrobe and includes a range of useful features such as a dishwasher, heated towel rack, and ventilation system. The studio apartments are designed in particular with a dividing wall which effectively creates a separate open plan kitchen and living room area and a more private bedroom area, which works very well. The windows are floor-to-ceiling which bathes the apartment in natural light during the day and the placing of ceiling-mounted lights are effective during the evening.

Some of the best features of The Wullcomb, aside from its’ location and value for money, is the security that it offers. Each entrance is secured with card-only access and each apartment has an intercom to communicate with people at the building entrance. Furthermore, there is concierge staff present 24/7 who are always approachable and happy to help where they can. The concierge also offers a parcel service in which they can accept parcel deliveries on a tenant’s behalf, which can be collected later when convenient.

Lastly, the Wullcomb social areas are delightfully decorated from the foyer and mail room through to seating areas on each floor. This also includes several amenity spaces located on the 5th floor, which includes a private roof terrace equipped with a pizza oven and barbecue, a fully-equipped kitchen, a work-from-home space, and a games room – which can also be booked for private events.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

The Wullcomb is located a stone’s throw away from the exciting entertainment and shopping area of Leicester city with access to a diverse range of restaurants as well as a cinema and other useful places such as the Highcross shopping centre and gyms. It is also within walking distance of the train station, both local universities, and hospitals.

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I wish that I had paid more attention to the directional facing of my apartment. This is because from about mid-afternoon until sunset I get direct sunlight into the apartment, which has made it very uncomfortable due to heat on some evenings through the summer. Secondly, the road just outside is a common route for emergency ambulances to pass through leading to some disturbed nights further leading to a preference that I would have had knowing this to pick an apartment facing a different direction.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

It would be nice to be able to paint some of the walls in the apartment. A second thing is that I would very much like electrical meter readings to be made more accessible. I feel that I cannot get this information and as such I am worried of being ‘surprised’ by a larger than expected electricity bill. It would be wonderful, and rather easy, to simply send an email to tenants with their meter readings in, perhaps monthly every other month.

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
4
Management
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World-class Renting Experience – Unbeatable luxury.

The architecture of the Wullcomb is state of the art, with rooms which are available in various sizes to accommodate for a variety of prices. The room we have is incredibly spacious with a great church view which is perfect for every sunset. It is not an understatement to say that the staff such as Stef, and Cristina, Dan and Carl are world-class in what they do for us tenants. The Wullcomb has recently just implemented a new addition, ‘Esquires’ a local café which is perfect for when inviting guests to grab a quick bite or drink. Other facilities and amenities are up and coming and it will continue to thrive and do well. Overall, the experience of the management of this place is unlike anything I have experienced elsewhere. It is no understatement to say that living here feels like home, and the staff go above and beyond to help achieve this atmosphere. There’s other luxuries such as roof top with a Pizza oven and 360* views of the entire city. Living here will make your friends and families jaws drop at what its like living in the heart of Leicester City Centre.

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The Wullcomb is unlike anything else in Leicester. Located in the heart of the city centre, local amenities from one of the largest shopping centres (Highcross Shopping Centre) in the midlands at your doorstep, to fine dining and essential public transport, there’s nothing which can rival this level of luxury and quality. The management is top tier, no request is too small, and I am always met with politeness and support for whatever I need. The Wullcomb is unlike any other renting experience, with regular events such as a running group on Monday, to a designated chef who shares recipes to inspire cooking up new delicious food. There is no other renting experience like it!

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish I had known how amazing it was so I could have moved in sooner!

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

There has been no problems whatsoever since moving in. Every request was listened to and exceptional levels of support has been provided to us whilst living here. We’re thinking about extending our contract, that’s how much we love it here!

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
5
Management
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The building’s upkeep is fantastic

I’ve been living here now for almost 1.5y and I feel this is a very comfortable place to stay. The building’s upkeep is fantastic, the flats in a good, renovated state, mostly well equipped, though I believe some better than others. You can hang pictures on walls 🙂 Building management are fantastic, extremely helpful, responsive and proactive, and the people living here are friendly and quiet and a spare items exchange is sometimes happening in the corridor. I feel safe here, the entrance is locked, all areas are well lit and clean, CCTV is in operation, I am happy to have neighbors accept my parcels. There is a little garden behind the building which is quiet and looks nice. The area nearby has everything I need and it’s not far from the city centre. There is car parking, but you have to pay extra. There is bike storage. There is no dedicated concierge. You have no meters in your flat so readings are obtained from building management. Overall recommended!

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

It’s a quiet, nice area in the immediate proximity to the building. A well stocked Lidl grocery shop is no further than a 5 minute walk, other services are on the main street ca. 10 mins away. Bus to/from the Underground station has a stop right outside the building and is perfectly conveniet. There is a good selection of food places nearby, including delivery options. The overall location is good with ca. 30 min to the city centre.

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Everything is taken care of here, very well managed. Trains are a bit loud. Doors are a bit thin so you can sometimes hear what happens in the corridor. It gets hot in summer since the building is well insulated and the windows open only partially, so no drafts. Parcels can be delivered to your door.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Very responsive, friendly and helpful, fantastic people, can’t imagine anything better really.

3
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
4
Value
5
Management
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Really recommend the Lansdowne if your looking for apartment in Birmingham

When I was searching for an apartment in Birmingham security was my first priority I have found a lot of building with only half day concierge and a password entrance but when I found The Lansdowne 24hours concierge and with a biometric entrance I know I will choose it as a student security is so important to me. Every room you want to enter you use your finger print which is the best. It’s a new building with amazing staff and great location just opposite to the building you can find a huge supermarket. The apartment it self it’s spacious with high quality furniture + fully equipped kitchen, love the choice of colour and the design so simple and clean. The Lansdowne provides you:
1- free Wifi
2- free residents gym
3- a meeting room with cinema screen
And a perfect lounge to welcome guests.
Really recommend the Lansdowne if your looking for apartment in Birmingham.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

What I like:
•Next to Morrisons supermarket, salons, Costa cafe and Starbucks just across the street!?
•Bus station next to the main building entrance
• near the University of Birmingham

Dislike:
• a little bit far from Aston University “ my university”

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nothing sam explained for me everything in my viewing

5
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
5
Value
5
Management
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