When is it too late to back out of University?

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I've got a place at University but I'm still not sure I want to go. The move in date is 30th August but my plan hasn't exactly gone as I had hoped.

I don't have any money and my plan had relied on the University giving me accomodation, after all they do say on their website that 'You can live off campus but we strongly recommend you live on-campus.' I applied and, nope, they haven't given me accomodation.... I'm currently on the waiting list but the way the University has treated me thus far they seem like a very snobby establishment, judging by my dealings with them thus far, and I'm even less sure about going to it now. I've decided that if they eventually do offer me accomodation then I will go, but if they don't I won't.

Yes, I know I can just get accomodation elsewhere, etc, but I'm really not that bothered about going to University and wanted to go because I didn't know what else to do, so don't criticise me for wanting to back out because of this.

So, my question is: When is it too late to drop out and will there be any punishment if I do this?
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you just ring up on results day and say you don't want to go and that you wanna be taken out of ucas and so you won't have a place and that will be that... there isn't a deadline
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I forgot to mentioned I've also already applied successfully for student loans and have sent the University a photograph of myself for ID as they requested.
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That's fine, you can still back out on results day, you just call student finance and say you don't need the loans anymore


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I also forgot to mention that I've also just created a student bank account. And I get a free railcard with that account.
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I also forgot to mention that I've also just created a student bank account. And I get a free railcard with that account.
Again, doesn't matter, all those things can be cancelled


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It's too late when you go in for fresher's and sign the learning agreement. Until then you are not obligated to go to that university or pay the fees. Once you have signed it, then you have the obligation to do it.

Really tho, I would recommend taking a year and going into work. You don't sound motivated to go to uni and if you go in with that attitude, you will probably get crap grades and won't really enjoy it. It will be just throwing away money. Take a year or two, work or travel for a while, figure out what you want to do.
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It's too late when you go in for fresher's and sign the learning agreement. Until then you are not obligated to go to that university or pay the fees. Once you have signed it, then you have the obligation to do it.
They've already made be sign a 'Undergraduate Student Contract'. Is that this learning agreement?

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Really tho, I would recommend taking a year and going into work. You don't sound motivated to go to uni and if you go in with that attitude, you will probably get crap grades and won't really enjoy it. It will be just throwing away money. Take a year or two, work or travel for a while, figure out what you want to do.
I could but I highly doubt I'll get into a University again when I finally et my grades and they're probably not going to be good, I think. Also, I don't know what I'd do on gap years. I can't afford to travel and I don't really want to get a job, unless it's something I'm interested in.
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[QUOTE=similarBlank;66481760]They've already made be sign a 'Undergraduate Student Contract'. Is that this learning agreement?



What university is it for??? Tbh just email them and ask... that way you'll know for sure.
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They've already made be sign a 'Undergraduate Student Contract'. Is that this learning agreement?



I could but I highly doubt I'll get into a University again when I finally et my grades and they're probably not going to be good, I think. Also, I don't know what I'd do on gap years. I can't afford to travel and I don't really want to get a job, unless it's something I'm interested in.
Well sorry to say it but you're going to have to get a job eventually, and chances are you will not like your first job. But the longer you wait to get a job the less desirable you will become as a job candidate to future employers. Future employers don't want to see that you've dossed around for a year and done nothing.

You'll need to get a job in the future to earn money and live, and to progress into future jobs. Essentially this is something you're going to have to just learn to live with and get on with.

As for when it is too late, it depends what you mean by that.

If you contact them now and say you don't want to enrol you won't have to pay anything. You just have to get them to terminate your ucas and you need to tell student finance and cancel with them. If you wait until say a month into your course you can still quit uni but you'll have to pay a certain percentage in tuition fees for that year and you'll still have to pay the rest of your accommodation for the year unless you find someone to replace you on your contract.
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[QUOTE=similarBlank;66481760] They've already made be sign a 'Undergraduate Student Contract'. Is that this learning agreement? [\QUOTE] (I give up on trying to fix this crap on my phone)

Tell you the truth, no idea. Most universities only have you sign a contract the first week in. You'll have to contact and ask them.

I could but I highly doubt I'll get into a University again when I finally et my grades and they're probably not going to be good, I think. Also, I don't know what I'd do on gap years. I can't afford to travel and I don't really want to get a job, unless it's something I'm interested in.
You really need to sort out your life mate. You don't really want to do uni but you plan to do it cause you don't know what else to do. You can't afford to travel but don't want a job either. Can you even fully afford uni? Majority of the students get at least weekend jobs to support themselves. And what are you going to do once you're done with uni? The chances of you immediately getting a really interesting job are slim to none.
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You really need to sort out your life mate. You don't really want to do uni but you plan to do it cause you don't know what else to do. You can't afford to travel but don't want a job either. Can you even fully afford uni? Majority of the students get at least weekend jobs to support themselves. And what are you going to do once you're done with uni? The chances of you immediately getting a really interesting job are slim to none.
Well, I had intended to get a job while at University, so I guess there's no difference there. What I meant, was I don't want to get a job in a shop or something. I wouldn't be good at that, I'm very quiet and anti-social, and I would see that as a pointless occupation.
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Personally, unless you go to a red brick uni you're probs not going to get an amazing job when you leave uni anyway so there's not really much point spending £60k+ on a degree. Sorry if that sounds harsh but that's from experience from friends who went to varying universities


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Well, I had intended to get a job while at University, so I guess there's no difference there. What I meant, was I don't want to get a job in a shop or something. I wouldn't be good at that, I'm very quiet and anti-social, and I would see that as a pointless occupation.
Fact is, until you actually have a specific degree or proper experience, all the jobs you will get will be stuff like shops. If you're antisocial do cleaning or night shift, not much socialising there.

Even when you do have a degree, you will need experience too. The only way you would get a specific job would be if you're lucky with getting a graduate job or internship during your time at uni. Even then they are usually the low level stuff that requires socialising. Basically every job requires a level of socialising.

The way you're going right now, you're just going to pay for a degree you probably will not use or do well in (considering your attitude to it) to avoid working in a shop but plan to work in a shop while getting it...
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Which university is this? 30th August term start date sounds very early.

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It depends on the course
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Which university is this? 30th August term start date sounds very early.
30th is only the move in date, the course may not start until a few weeks later. My uni moving in date is a week before the course starts and my mates one does so 2 weeks before the start date. So that the students can get settled in and have a bit flexibility on what day they want to move in
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I've got a place at University but I'm still not sure I want to go. The move in date is 30th August but my plan hasn't exactly gone as I had hoped.

I don't have any money and my plan had relied on the University giving me accomodation, after all they do say on their website that 'You can live off campus but we strongly recommend you live on-campus.' I applied and, nope, they haven't given me accomodation.... I'm currently on the waiting list but the way the University has treated me thus far they seem like a very snobby establishment, judging by my dealings with them thus far, and I'm even less sure about going to it now. I've decided that if they eventually do offer me accomodation then I will go, but if they don't I won't.

Yes, I know I can just get accomodation elsewhere, etc, but I'm really not that bothered about going to University and wanted to go because I didn't know what else to do, so don't criticise me for wanting to back out because of this.

So, my question is: When is it too late to drop out and will there be any punishment if I do this?
I personally think if you're simply going "because I didn't know what else to do", I suggest you strongly reconsider. I'd understand if you wanted to know how the subject you'll study will give you a slight indication on what you want to go into after you graduate. But if this is not the case, then maybe you need to take one more year out to try and figure it out before you invest money and debt for something you don't seem to be enthusiastic or passionate about?
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I personally think if you're simply going "because I didn't know what else to do", I suggest you strongly reconsider. I'd understand if you wanted to know how the subject you'll study will give you a slight indication on what you want to go into after you graduate. But if this is not the case, then maybe you need to take one more year out to try and figure it out before you invest money and debt for something you don't seem to be enthusiastic or passionate about?
I'm enthusiastic about the course, that's why I chose it. It's American Studies. This, of course, doesn't have an obvious career to go into, really. Im slightly concerned, though, because I'm interested into going into a career such as game design, and am concerned I'd be unable to spending 4 years doing American Studies. At the same time, I highly doubt I'd successfully get into another university if I applied after taking a gap year because I suspect my A-levels will be very bad. (Not all my fault, tbf, my speciality is IT which I got As in at GCSE but my High School/Sixth Form had a terrible IT department that kept degrading each year; by the time I started its Sixth Form it wasn't even a subject, thus I ended up with subjects I wasn't enthusiastic about or good at, apparently.) I have had some experience with game design in the past, so I'm not just choosing that career at random.
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