The `We Found Love` singer plans to relocate from American to London in May while she films a new fashion reality series for Sky, and has been looking for the perfect home to live in during her three-month stay.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Rihanna is coming back to Britain to shoot her Sky Living reality show and has decided to settle down a bit while she`s over.
"Although there may be occasional trips away she`ll be based in London. Rihanna has instructed her team to find a mansion in or around the capital.
"Earlier this year she considered buying a property in east London but now she`s looking elsewhere as she`s decided the pad will need gates to keep away superfans and photographers.
"Since she started shooting the Sky programme - a search for new fashion designers - she`s got really into it and wants to commit fully. And the crew behind the show have been surprised at the effort she`s putting in."
The 24-year-old `Battleship` star is said to be a huge fan of Britain, and has been looking to put down roots for some time.
An insider previously said: "Rihanna loves England and the British sense of humour. She has been over to the UK a number of times and loves it more and more."
"She has looked at apartments and town houses between the Kensington and Earl`s Court districts."