How to Find Out Where Someone Lives in the UK

By C.J. Heller

Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Internet connection

  • Computer

Finding out someone's address in the United Kingdom is easier than it used to be. Nowadays, such information is public record and published without a person's permission, unless he or she has arranged specifically for it to be kept under wraps. Online directories and search engines have become vital tools for people locating long-lost friends and relatives, private investigators and lawyers. Here's how to find someone who lives in the United Kingdom.

Search for the person's name in Google. Google is your number one research tool for most issues, and addresses of people are not exception. If you are extremely lucky, the person will have posted, say, their resume online and included their mailing address (see Resources below).

Look up the person in the British BT phone directory. This is one of the best known British online phone directories, published by the telecommunications company British Telecommunications. Whatever is in the printed BT phone book will be on the website (see Resources below).

Search for the person's name in the 192 directory. This is another valuable online phone book based in the United Kingdom that includes information on a person such as name and address, voting and birth records. The good thing about this directory is that it is very extensive, and it's more than likely that unless a person has gone to the trouble of keeping their information confidential, that person will be listed. Note that some records require you to pay a fee to view them (see Resources below).

Find out if the person has a profile page on a social networking website such as Facebook or MySpace. It isn't the safest thing in the world to publish your city of residence, let alone your entire address, but some people often do it nonetheless.

Look up the person in the ICQ or MSN People directories. While most Web surfers in the United States use AOL Instant Messenger, people in the United Kingdon tend to use ICQ or MSN Messenger instead (see Resources below).