Uni won’t let me defer- what happens now?

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Basically, I have a conditional offer for St Andrews to start in September studying English and I expect to get in. However I really do not want to go this year as I want to take a year out to get a job and earn some money, do a bit of travelling later in the year as lockdown eases and in general just take a break from study, maybe try for an internship in London. I have requested the uni for a deferral form to fill out but I am required to provide substantial evidence of reasons I do not want to go this year and supposedly it is quite difficult to be granted a deferral for less serious reasons such as my own so I don’t expect to be allowed to defer! The problem is if my deferral is rejected, I will either have to go in September or withdraw and I am afraid if I withdraw and have to reapply to a bunch of unis I won’t get back in because this coming year will be so competitive!! Could someone give me some insight into what I should do!?? For reference I got offers from all 5 of my unis- St Andrews, Edinburgh, UCL, Nottingham and Durham, which makes me think I could still get in if I reapplied- but should I take the risk?? Also is there anything I could say in my deferral form to St Andrews to make my reasons seem more legitimate?!!
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks
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Just say for financial reasons you would like to defer so save money for rent deposit. Worked for me but I deferred 10 years ago to a different uni.
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Just say for financial reasons you would like to defer so save money for rent deposit. Worked for me but I deferred 10 years ago to a different uni.
You see I initially thought of that but they are requesting bank statements and being extremely thorough with the whole process so you really can’t lie about it..? I don’t know what to do
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You see I initially thought of that but they are requesting bank statements and being extremely thorough with the whole process so you really can’t lie about it..? I don’t know what to do
Well if you haven't got much money in your account, just send them a bank statement and say you want to defer to save money before starting.
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Honestly, I wouldn't lie to St As- just explain your reasons and see what they say- they haven't said no yet!

Next year may be more competitive, but I still don't think it will be that competitive- if you got 5 offers this year, it's unlikely you will get no offers for 2021 entry- plus applying with (good) achieved grades makes you a strong candidate.

If you don't really want to go to uni this year, it's unlikely you'll feel you are having a good experience if you do go.
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Something it would be worth taking into consideration is the possibility that you might not find work and might also not find an internship in London. This could mean that you won't be able to afford to do any travelling.

I think that it would be a difficult situation to be in, if your friends had gone to University and if you had no work and no opportunities to travel. You could end up feeling really miserable.

I think that the next couple of years are going to be really difficult for the UK economy.
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Honestly, I wouldn't lie to St As- just explain your reasons and see what they say- they haven't said no yet!

Next year may be more competitive, but I still don't think it will be that competitive- if you got 5 offers this year, it's unlikely you will get no offers for 2021 entry- plus applying with (good) achieved grades makes you a strong candidate.

If you don't really want to go to uni this year, it's unlikely you'll feel you are having a good experience if you do go.
Yes I thought that having my A levels already secured would be good- although I wasn’t sure? Obviously no one knows what grades will look like this year but I do expect to do pretty well, upwards of 3As at least. I was just unsure about what unis generally think of re-applicants...? Are they less fond of them, or do you know St Andrews approach to re-applicants? I’ve tried researching but can’t find anything! Thanks!!!
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Something it would be worth taking into consideration is the possibility that you might not find work and might also not find an internship in London. This could mean that you won't be able to afford to do any travelling.

I think that it would be a difficult situation to be in, if your friends had gone to University and if you had no work and no opportunities to travel. You could end up feeling really miserable.

I think that the next couple of years are going to be really difficult for the UK economy.
Yeah I know what you mean... I just think a year to mature and garner greater independence would be really beneficial for going to uni the following year. Also I was hoping with many students leaving for university more jobs would potentially open up?
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Yes I thought that having my A levels already secured would be good- although I wasn’t sure? Obviously no one knows what grades will look like this year but I do expect to do pretty well, upwards of 3As at least. I was just unsure about what unis generally think of re-applicants...? Are they less fond of them, or do you know St Andrews approach to re-applicants? I’ve tried researching but can’t find anything! Thanks!!!
Honestly, it's unlikely they will notice. You could ask them when you ask further about deferring, but most unis get enough applicants each year they simply won't remember you.

If you do end up with AAA+, this will make you a really strong applicant next year, as unis take achieved grades more seriously than predictions.
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