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Signing all three on the AST is the correct thing to do.
It will be an HMO, but whether it needs licensing will depend on your area, and you’ll need to check with your local authority. Their website should be able to inform you.
Mandatory licensing nationwide applies when there are five or more occupiers, but some authorities have additional licensing for three or more occupiers.
There will be additional duties when you have three or more occupiers, but you’re likely already compliant.
Please see here for more licensing info: https://england.landlordsguild.com/england-handbook/licensing-of-private-rented-properties/?objectId=england-handbook-18-7.
And here for the HMO management regulations: https://england.landlordsguild.com/england-handbook/duties-on-the-manager-of-an-hmo/?objectId=england-handbook-16-1