Dear Sherlock, dear all,
I somehow don't understand why everyone seems to want to move to some remote place for practice. Please forgive my ignorance (I'm aware of the benefit of such periods for practice).
I can relate to your thoughts. But in my humble opinion, I would suggest you first complete your education. You should have a fallback option and getting university education certainly helps also on the path (in my opinion). It helps you to choose (come on, restricting your choices wont help making a good decision) and during your university education, you'll have so much freedom you wont be getting that easy again. It would also allow for a lot practice, time to find the right decision and it will help to broaden your view.
Of course there's also distraction and temptation, but this will wait for you everywhere. So again, no need to hurry a decision. Furthermore, while I don't intend to compare the practice opportunities of ordination, it's not like lay life is a wasteland in that regard. Quite the contrary. I'm not trying to suggest anything here. In the end you have to consider the options for yourself. Just make sure to have a realistic view on them and on yourself.
I can also relate to the views on work in the first world that have been expressed here. I came to consider them as part of my practice let me tell you it works. Hardships are on any path, unless you consider to cling to some illusion of an easy life, in which case it will fail badly (I'm not implying that you do).
You ask if you approach this with an escape motive? I guess that question you can only answer for yourself. It is not wrong to disagree with the life conditions that you see around you. Actually, I think it is a sign of intelligence to observe the world around you and to realize, that something is wrong with that. If I remember correctly, the Buddha himself did that
. So I guess we can rule out that motivation to choose a different way of life is not bad
. But merely wanting to escape one hardship might let you find yourself in the next one.
Just my two cents. I'd be happy to continue this discussion!
May you all be well and happy!